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FOR RELEASE: February 1, 2002
CONTACT: Dick Gunn
405/271-5601

State Health Department to Host Health Fair with Tabernacle Baptist Church

During February, Black History Month, and throughout the coming year, the Turning Point Program of the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) will focus on dealing with health disparities and building partnerships with racial and ethnic minority communities to promote healthy lifestyles.

As part of that effort, the OSDH will join local community organizations to sponsor a faith-based health fair at Tabernacle Baptist Church, located at 36th and Martin Luther King in Oklahoma City, on Feb. 15-16. The health fair will run from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Fri., Feb. 15, and from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Sat., Feb. 16. The health fair is free and the public is invited to come and learn about health, wellness and safety activities.

Free health screening will be offered for diabetes, cholesterol, blood pressure, sickle cell anemia, body fat and health risk assessments, glaucoma, and hearing, according to the health fair sponsors. Educational materials will be available on a variety of subjects with an emphasis on diseases that most affect the Black population. Prevention measures that include healthy, nutritious foods and simple, inexpensive exercise programs will be discussed.

“Health care professionals chose Black History Month because it is a good time to draw attention to the needs of the Black community and to build partnerships with organizations in the Black community. Our goal is to help educate the public about ways to develop and maintain healthy lifestyles,” said Tom Nash of the OSDH Turning Point Program.

For more information about the health fair, contact Nash at 405/271-6127.

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