Hispanic Health Fair this weekend

On Saturday, Oct. 18, the 21st Hispanic Health Fair will be held at DOMUS at 83 Lockwood Avenue  in Stamford from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.

It is being put on jointly this year by a collaborative effort of the Hispanic Advisory Council of Greater Stamford (HACGS),which includes Greenwich, Stamford, Darien, New Canaan and more. There are over 100 service providers and 1500 community participants. The fair serves not only people of Hispanic origins; it is multicultural. Latino populations are the fastest growing groups in Greenwich and more broadly in Connecticut and the U.S.

This will be the largest Hispanic health fair in Connecticut; it is implemented on a budget of less than $2  per person, but will provide more than $1,000 of free testing for attendees at the health fair. The kidney testing alone, provided free of charge by the National Kidney Foundation of CT, is valued at $1,200. Local restaurants will provide free and low cost food for the 1,500 attendees expected.

Focusing on healthy families there will not only be free health screenings and services in addition to blood tests and dental screenings, but family fun activities, entertainment and food from local restaurants. Everyone is invited, according to HACGS Co-Vice-Chair Philip Berns.

This year organizers are once again looking to the community for volunteers to help the day of the event, Oct. 18. Interpreters for non-English speakers of Spanish, Haitian Creole, French, Gujrati and Hindi are especially needed. Interested persons should call Philip Berns at 203-324-0058.

The following tests and services are expected to be provided in English and Spanish: blood pressure, non-fasting cholesterol (total cholesterol), non-fasting glucose, pulmonary function test, facial skin test, body fat analysis (digital), mobile mammography, hand hygiene, chiropractor (trigger point massage, spinal screening), kidney screening/evaluation and dentist (oral screening and for children, fluoride application).

For more information call Phil Berns, HACGS co-vice-chair, at 203-722-0488, and/or Eva Weller, executive director, East Side Partnership, at 203-329-0452.

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