GSCC to host holiday health fair

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The 17th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Initiative Health Fair sponsored by Gadsden State Community College is scheduled for Monday, January 19. The event will be held in the auditorium of the East Broad Campus administration building from 8 a.m. until 12 p.m.  Approximately 20 vendors and health agencies will be participating. Members of the Lambda Eta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. will provide assistance with the fair.

The American Red Cross Bloodmobile will be present to give fair participants an opportunity to help save up to three lives by donating this gift of life. Red Cross will also be providing educational information. Several screenings and tests will be available without charge to the public, which include vision screening, blood pressure checks, HIV, oxygen saturation, and blood sugar tests.  Gadsden Regional Medical Center will have its stroke and chest pain teams available. Quality of Life Health Services, Inc. will provide information about the Affordable Care Act and enrollment.

Additional information will also be available concerning substance abuse, senior care information, breast cancer, prostate cancer, kidney disease, dental needs, home health, hospice and diabetes. 

Students from Gadsden State’s Therapeutic Massage Program will participate in the fair and offer free massages. Volunteers from RSVP will be available to assist participants in filing federal and state tax returns for 2014. 

Last year, more than 260 people attended and took advantage of the various services offered.  For more information, contact Tarva Vaughn, fair coordinator, at 256-549-8674 tvaughn@gadsdenstate.edu.

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