Latino Healthfest in Oak Cliff to Offer Free Health Screenings

Join more than 2,000 Dallas residents and receive free health screenings at Blue Cross Blue Shield’s Feria de Salud Saturday, Sept. 19, 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 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 soccer demonstration by FC Dallas, sponsored by Novo Nordisk. And the Latino Culinary Institute will be conducting a food demonstration and providing healthy snacks.

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

Join one of our healthy education classes, sponsored by Famisalud.

And don’t miss the chance to win prizes like a Nintendo Wii!

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.  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 visit www.diabetes.org.


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