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Upstate at the New York State Fair features experts, activities and health screenings

A fairgoer rings the cancer survivor bell at the Upstate Cancer Center.

Upstate Medical University will feature dozens of programs and services, provide expert health advice and offer an array of health screenings at the New York State Fair, which runs from Aug. 21 to Sept. 2.

Located in the Science and Industry Building, Upstate’s exhibit is open each day of the fair from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Last year’s exhibit attracted more than 150,000 people who walked away with information on how to stay safe, healthy, and how to prevent or manage a variety of healthcare conditions.

“The fair is the perfect setting for Upstate to showcase its importance to the region,” said Darcy Dibiase, assistant director of marketing and university communications who oversees Upstate’s fair exhibit. “A stop at the booth will give every fairgoer a better understanding of the wealth of resources Upstate has available for everyone.”

And the Upstate exhibit is also a fun place to visit with numerous giveaways from much-needed sunscreen and hand sanitizer to bath water thermometer cards and bandage dispensers.

The Upstate Cancer Center will have its Survivor Bell on display. Cancer survivors are invited to ring the bell when they stop by the exhibit. “The sound of the bell always turns heads and leads to cheers and applause,” said Dibiase. And in keeping with cancer, Upstate's mobile mammography van will stop at the fair Aug. 24 and 25. Mammograms will not be offered, but staff members will discuss the importance of mammograms and highlight the van's upcoming schedule.

Another major feature of Upstate’s New York State Fair exhibit will be on Friday, Aug. 30, when Upstate’s Level 1 Adult and Pediatric Trauma centers will feature its injury prevention program to educate the public on the dangers of distracted, impaired and reckless driving. Car seat technicians will be on hand to offer information and demonstrate correct car seat placement, and Upstate University Police will conduct field sobriety checks using “impaired goggles that simulate alcohol intoxication.

Each day, Upstate staff will be at the exhibit to answer questions. Look for these Upstate experts and departments at the fair:

Wednesday, Aug. 21 (Governor’s Day): Upstate Orthopedics, Concussion Management Program, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Institute for Global Heath and Translational Science, Joslin Center for Diabetes, Upstate Cancer Center

Thursday, Aug. 22 (Agriculture Day): Comprehensive Stroke Center, Emergency Medicine (Opioid Overdose Prevention Training), Community Campus Orthopedics, Transplant Center, Upstate Cancer Center.

Friday, Aug. 23 (Pride Day): Upstate Orthopedics, Upstate  New York Poison Center, Immune Health Services, Pathology, Upstate Cancer Center.

Saturday, Aug. 24: Healthy Hearts screening, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Upstate Volunteers, Upstate Cancer Center. Mobile Mammography Van.

Sunday, Aug. 25: Upstate Volunteers, Upstate Cancer Center, Mobile Mammography Van.

Monday, Aug. 26 (Law Enforcement Day/Seniors Day): Vision Screening,10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Geriatrics, Healthlink/OASIS/Living with Chronic Disease Program; Brain and Spine Center (Neurosurgery), Upstate Cancer Center.

Tuesday, Aug. 27: (Beef Day/Seniors Day/Fire and Rescue Day): Upstate Comprehensive Stroke Center; Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation; Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders; Upstate Cancer Center.

Wednesday, Aug. 28 (Women’s Day, Seniors Day): Cardiovascular, Upstate Orthopedics, Family Birth Center, Occupational Health Clinical Center, Upstate Cancer Center, Upstate Cord Blood Bank.

Thursday, Aug 29 (Armed Forces Day/Dairy Day): Upstate Comprehensive Stroke Center, Psychiatry, Nurse Recruitment, Wound Center and carbon monoxide education, Upstate Cancer Center.

Friday, Aug. 30 (Students Day/Six Nations Day): Pediatrics Emergency Department and Upstate Golisano After Hours Care, Safe Kids Upstate NewYork Coalition, Pediatric Trauma, Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital, Upstate Cancer Center (Pediatrics).

Saturday, Aug. 31 (Grange Day): Upstate Volunteers, Emergency Medicine (Opioid Overdose Prevention Training), Upstate Cancer Center.

Sunday, Sept. 2: Upstate Volunteers, Upstate Cancer Center.

Monday, Sept. 3: Upstate Volunteers, Upstate Cancer Center.

Caption: A fairgoer rings the Upstate Cancer Center's Survivor Bell, which is featured every day of the New York State Fair in the Science and Industry Building.