Health fair to offer variety of services

Published: Wednesday, January 22, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 21, 2003 at 11:56 p.m.
Shands Eastside Community Practice and Front Porch Florida will co-sponsor the third-annual Eastside Community Health Fair Saturday.
Churches, health care groups and nonprofit organizations will come together from 9 a.m. to noon for the free event at the Martin Luther King Jr. Center, 1028 NE 14th St.
Their message is simple: Take charge of your own health.
To help make that possible, groups will provide information on breast health, cancer prevention, Alzheimer's disease, cardiovascular health, osteoporosis, diabetes, pain management and more.
Cynthia Chestnut, one of the event's coordinators, said Gainesville residents, "can bring in all their medications in a brown bag, and a pharmacist will provide a free analysis."
A review can spot prescription drugs that might interact with another medication.
Flu shots will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Free vision, speech and hearing screenings, blood pressure and well-child checks are planned. Cholesterol screenings will be offered at a charge of $10; participants must fast for 10 to 12 hours before the test.
Groups also will provide information on adult and child day care, housing, legal services and more. More than 45 groups are expected to take part. Food and live entertainment will be part of the morning's activities.
For more information, call Cynthia Chestnut at 265-7136.
Diane Chun can be reached at (352) 374-5041 or

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