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Health fair is set to dispense advice

Many of Carrollwood's health professionals will set up booths at the YMCA to demonstrate everything from massage to gymnastics.

If you had to pick between a massage, a stretching demonstration or five minutes to pick the brain of an insurance salesman, the choice would be obvious, right?

An insurance salesman, naturally.

You disagree?

That was the response from some people who attended the Carrollwood Area Business Association's health fair last year. This Saturday, the event will bring about 25 area health professionals to the Bob Sierra YMCA on Northdale Blvd., from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

"We do this so that Carrollwood can get an idea of who some of our health professionals are and chat with them one on one," said Dawn Hudson, CABA's administrator.

From a gynecologist to a mental health counselor, the businesses represented come from a broad base. Each vendor paid a $25 registration fee to set up a booth.

The idea for the fair came about last year, when CABA board members decided Carrollwood's health professionals could use a little more exposure. "We have so many members that are health-related, the board thought it would be beneficial," Hudson said. About 300 people participated last year.

This year's program includes a demonstration by students from La Fleur Gymnastics. Mini-massages also will be offered.

You don't have to be a member of the YMCA to attend. Complimentary homemade cakes and desserts will be served.

All of it low-fat, of course.

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