Health fair set for Saturday at Carver Rec Center

Sue Guinn Legg • Oct 22, 2013 at 9:04 PM

“Health — It’s a Family Affair,” a morning of free health screenings, health education and more will be held at Saturday from 7 a.m. to noon at Carver Recreation Center, 322 W. Watauga Ave..

The health fair is being held to promote wellness and preventive medicine, particularly among people who are uninsured and under-insured.

Free screenings for cholesterol, blood pressure, cancer, mental health and more will be provided. Those who wish 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 including cancer, sleep apnea, nutrition, car seat safety, HIV, TENNderCARE and the Affordable Care Act will be provided.

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.

Participating organizations will include the Johnson City Community Health Center, Tennessee Department of Health, American Cancer Society, Mountain States Health Alliance Mega Heart and Food City.

CrestPoint Health, the Northeast Tennessee Minority Resource Network and the health ministries of Friendship Baptist and Grace Temple churches encourage families to attend.

“We began these health fairs several years ago when we saw that minorities were not accessing preventive services available to them,” NTMRN program coordinator Margaret Davis said. “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.”

For more information or to preregister, call Thurman Walters at 741-3936 or Davis at 341-5653, both with Northeast Tennessee Minority Resource Network.

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