Library Partnership hosting family health fair

Published: Wednesday, January 9, 2013 at 2:14 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 9, 2013 at 2:14 p.m.

Get the new year off to a healthy start by taking advantage of free health screenings, fitness and nutrition information and health presentations at the Community & Family Health Fair.



What: Community & Family Health Fair with screenings, information and presentations.
When: 4-6 p.m. Jan. 16.
Where: Library Partnership, 1130 NE 16th Ave.
Cost: Free.
Information: Call 352-334-0160.

The health fair, now in its second year, will be held from 4-6 p.m. Jan. 16 at Library Partnership at 1130 NE 16th Ave.

Angelica Suarez, family support facilitator at the Library Partnership and Neighborhood Resource Center, said the health fair will address health conditions and behaviors that may contribute to diabetes, heart disease, cancer and hypertension, which are health conditions that disproportionately affect African Americans.

"The purpose of the health fair is to improve families' health and lifestyle and to address issues that arise due to poor health decisions," said Suarez, adding that there will be health screenings provided by the University of Florida College of Nursing and the UF Mobile Outreach Clinic.

The following are health presentations that are planned during the event:

Smoking and tobacco use by Marilyn Headley, Alachua County Tobacco Prevention specialist.

Infant mortality and disabilities by Doris Tellado, family resource specialist with North Central Early Steps, a program of the Florida Department of Health.

Teen pregnancy by the Women's Resource and Medical Clinic.

Dental care by the UF College of Dentistry.

CPR and first aid by the Red Cross of North Central Florida.

Domestic violence by Tracey Hickmon, Rebuilding Community Outreach coordinator at the Gainesville Police Department.

There also will be information dispensed by other local agencies, including CHOICES Health Education & Wellness and UF HealthStreet.

"We want to educate and engage families to become more proactive about the health choices they make for their family," Suarez said.

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