Free Community Health Fair in Marin City

By Sally Douglas Arce

Marin City welcomes the community to its free Health Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 25. There will be health screenings and fun for all. For information call 415-366-6421 or e-mail terriegreen1@comcast.net

The Marin City Health and Wellness Center will host its free, fourth annual community-wide Health Fair Saturday, Sept. 25, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 630 Drake Ave. at the intersection of Donahue Street.
“This fair is all about educating the public about common health problems and increasing access to primary care medical services,” said Terrie Green, the center’s Director of Programs and Community Outreach.  “Good health is about physical, emotional and spiritual well-being.  So, we will give people prevention tips for stress, ideas about healthier foods to eat, how to stay active and ways to head off health concerns.”
The day’s activities will include free screenings and information on blood pressure, skin cancer, prostate cancer, dental screening, breast exams, rapid HIV testing, cholesterol, vision, diabetes and asthma.  Also available will be health education, nutrition, first aid, CPR, and exercise demonstration to promote good health and encourage local residents to use local health care resources within the community.
There will also be fun activities for children, prizes, and entertainment, including jumpers, hula-hooping, bobbing for apples, sack races and more.  Ten bicycles will be raffled.  The raffle tickets are free.
“The community health fair will be a great opportunity to help a culturally diverse community to receive increased access to health care and information,” says Jeff Edman, M.D., medical director at the health center.  “It will be a great experience for our clinic because this is a joint effort with many local co-sponsors, and we are all working toward a common goal by improving the health of local residents and promoting healthy lifestyles.”
The Marin City Health and Wellness Center, also known as Marin City Clinic, is a nonprofit organization committed to improving the health and wellness of low-income residents of Marin City and Southern Marin County by operating a state-of-the art and culturally competent community health center.
For information about the health fair or to volunteer, call Terrie Green at (415) 366-6421 or e-mail terriegreen1@comcast.net.