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Free Health Screenings

May 8, 2009

COLUMBUS, GA. (WTVM) -- The 100 Black Men of Columbus, in conjunction with Jack and Jill of America, Inc., Columbus Chapter; Valley Healthcare Systems, Inc.; and Mission Columbus will hold the Family Health Expo on May 9 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Mission Columbus (3679 Steam Mill Road).

Highlighting the expo will be the viewing of the video series, "Unnatural Causes: Is Inequality Making Us Sick" at 11:30 a.m.

"Anyone who cares about health disparities and this community needs to see ‘Unnatural Causes,' said Isaiah Hugley, past president, 100 Black Men of Columbus. "It will change the way you view healthcare from this point forward. Having it as part of this health expo I hope helps those in attendance gain a more enlightened perspective on their personal health."

  The expo will also include the following:

  • Health risk assessments
  • Body Mass Index (BMI) measurement
  • Hearing and vision screenings
  • Blood pressure checks
  • Blood sugar tests
  • Nutrition demonstration

"We are honored to be partners for such an important community event," said Gail Simpson, president of Jack and Jill of America Inc, Columbus chapter. "We hope the health expo will be a tremendous asset to our area. Our objective is to equip the community with health information and health screening opportunities that will help improve health. Our partnerships allow us to offer these services free."

Door prizes including gift certificates to local restaurants, grocery stores and other retailers will be given out to those who participate in the viewing of, "Unnatural Causes: Is Inequality Making Us Sick." This documentary provides a detailed examines social and economic conditions and their effect on health outcomes.

"I am elated to be involved in such a worthwhile endeavor for our community, said Sarah Lang, CEO, Valley Healthcare Systems. "If this helps improve the health of people in our community in any way, it has been a tremendous success."

For more information about this event, please contact Dr. Nannette C. Turner at 706-575-0270.

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