JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. – Four local organizations will host a morning of free health screenings and education at "Health – It's a Family Affair" event Saturday, Oct. 26, from 7 a.m. to noon at Carver Recreation Center, 322 W. Watauga Ave., in a combined effort to promote wellness and preventive medicine, particularly among the uninsured and underinsured.
CrestPoint Health, Northeast Tennessee Minority Resource Network (NTMRN) and the health ministries of Friendship Baptist Church and Grace Temple Church encourage families to attend the free event where they can receive screenings for cholesterol, blood pressure, cancer, mental health and more. Attendees who want to take advantage of a free blood work test should be sure to pre-register to get instructions for overnight fasting which is required before the test.
Education about topics such as cancer, sleep apnea, nutrition, car seat safety, HIV, TENNderCARE and the Affordable Care Act will be offered by vendors such as Johnson City Community Health Center, Mega Heart, Food City, Tennessee Department of Health, American Cancer Society. Breakfast and lunch will be provided at no charge, along with chair massages throughout the event. Door prizes will be awarded at the end of the day.
"We began these health fairs several years ago when we saw that minorities were not accessing preventive services available to them," says NTMRN program coordinator Margaret Davis. "This fair acquaints people with health care options such Johnson City Community Health Clinic and other local resources. The added value is in promoting healthy lifestyle choices."
Davis says that while the health fairs initially targeted only minorities, the scope of participants has expanded to include the uninsured and underinsured among all ethnic groups. She anticipates as many as 150 people will attend on Saturday, and hopes that they will stay the entire five hours to take advantage of all of the available educational resources.
"We particularly stress the importance of the event for families," she said.
For more information or to preregister for the fair, call Thurman Walters at 423-741-3936 or Margaret Davis at 423-341-5653, both with Northeast Tennessee Minority Resource Network.
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