What: Take a Loved One for a Checkup Day encourages people of color and all citizens to see a health care professional or make an appointment in the near future. Austin Public Health’s Health Equity Unit is sponsoring a free community health fair to promote greater awareness of the importance of regular doctor visits and health checkups. Free health screenings at the event will include blood sugar, blood pressure, and cholesterol, as well as HIV/STI testing. The Lion’s Club will also be providing eye exams.
A variety of medical and service providers will be providing great resources for the community. Also there will be Zumba and exercise demonstrations, a dance troupe performance, music, bingo, raffles, and giveaways. Kids can have fun in the bounce house and playground, and can play at the pool or air hockey tables.
When: Saturday, September 22, 2018; 10am-1pm
Where: Givens Recreation Center, 3811 East 12th Street, Austin, 78721
Why: Chronic Illnesses such as cancer, diabetes and heart disease continue to affect our communities at an alarming rate. Cancer and heart disease account for 36% of death in Hispanics, and among African Americans cancer and heart disease are the leading cause of death. Asians are seven times more likely to have Type II Diabetes than the general population. Barriers to regular care like access, language, literacy, or being uninsured or underinsured cause many people to wait until there is an emergency before they go for a checkup. Take a Loved One for a Checkup Day is an excellent way to screen individuals, and where necessary, refer them for follow up care. Early detection and prevention can enhance the quality of life and extend the lives of people of color in our community.
Co-Sponsors: HEB/Springdale and the KIND Clinic.
For more information on Take a Loved One for a Checkup Day, call Meghan Duncan at 512-972-5123.
Communications and Public Information Office
301 W. 2nd Street, Austin, TX 78701