Donya Currie is the editor of The Free Lance-Star's Healthy Life section and Healthy Life Virginia newsletter.

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Sleepy driving, a benefit and more

Before I get to some health news: Did anybody else notice that while today’s  Free Lance-Star featured Eagle Village’s new clock tower in a story, The Washington Post ran a story noting how unnecessary public clock towers have become? Odd coincidence, and kind of fascinating to read both stories. (Clock towers, according to the Post, still have many fans, even though they’ve “outlived their necessity.”)

And now, onto the health news:

  • Driving after being awake for 20 hours is like driving when your blood alcohol level is .08%. Mary Washington Healthcare shared that and other statistics recently to promote National Drowsy Driving Prevention Week, which starts Sunday. Please don’t get behind the wheel of a car when you’re sleepy. Drowsy driving is linked to one in six fatal crashes, according to a study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.
  •  On Nov. 12, people can get screened for a variety of health conditions — including diabetes, high cholesterol and high blood pressure — at a health fair at Fredericksburg Baptist Church from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Rappahannock Rotary Club organized the fair to help anyone in need of free health care — in particular, the area’s homeless people.  Flu shots will be available, and quite a few local physicians/healthcare professionals will be on hand to answer questions.
  • Tomorrow, New City Fellowship will host an art show to benefit local artist Tracey Clarke, who is being treated for a very aggressive form of brain cancer. Fellow artists have donated more than 100 pieces of artwork, which will be on sale during the event. The money raised will help pay Clarke’s medical bills. The show is from 4-6 p.m. at the church at 200 Prince Edward Street.