FERIA DE SALUD DALLAS OFFERS FREE HEALTH SCREENINGS SEPT. 20

 

FERIA DE SALUD DALLAS OFFERS FREE HEALTH SCREENINGS SEPT. 20

Live Music, Food, Vendors, Health Classes and More!

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Join more than 3,000 Dallas residents and receive free health screenings at Blue Cross Blue Shield’s Feria de Salud on Saturday, Sept. 20, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The Latino health fair, sponsored by Texas Health Resources and hosted by the American Diabetes Association, will take place at Kidd Springs Park and Rec Center, 711 W. Canty Street in Dallas. Free health screenings include diabetes, cholesterol, vision, dental, foot and blood pressure.  

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“I am very excited about the event, and I think it’s a great event for the Hispanic community,” said Esteban Mojica, co-chair.  “This is an event that brings unity and outreach all in one.”

 

The Feria de Salud’s entertainment will feature music by 106.1 KISS FM’s Latin House Krew.  The kids’ zone, sponsored by YMCA and the City of Dallas, will feature a rock-climbing wall, bounce house, and face painting. This year’s event will also include a family fun walk around the lake to win prizes, sponsored by Novo Nordisk. And the Latino Culinary Institute will be conducting a food demonstration.

 

Health screenings will be offered by: Walgreens, Dallas Diabetes and Endocrine Center, Baylor Heart and Vascular Center, Carter Blood Care, Family Foot Clinics, Parkland, Women’s Specialty Center and Walmart Vision. Media sponsors are Univision Television and Radio.

 

Diabetes is a serious illness that affects Latinos in disproportionate numbers: one in seven Latinos has diabetes in comparison to one in twenty non-Latino whites.  Diabetes is an incurable disease caused by the inability of the body to produce insulin or for cells to absorb it correctly.  The complications of diabetes include kidney failure, heart disease, vision deterioration, and lower limb amputations.  If trends continue, one in two Hispanic children born today will develop diabetes in their lifetime.

 

For information about diabetes, please call 1-888-DIABETES, or 1-888-342-2383. 

 

 

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