HISPANIC WELLNESS FAIR SCHEDULED FOR AUG. 6, OFFERS FREE SERVICES FOR ALL

July 27, 2005

The seventh annual Hispanic Wellness Fair will take place Saturday, Aug. 6, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Amon Carter Exhibits Hall, Will Rogers Memorial Complex.

The wellness fair is sponsored by UNT Health Science Center, UNTHSC School of Public Health, UNTHSC Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine, Pacificare, Secure Horizons, Telemundo, Baylor All Saints Medical Center, Cook Children’s Health Plan, Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth, Pfizer, Inc., Coca Cola Bottling Co.,Cuidado Casero, JPS Health Network, Tarrant County Medical Society Alliance Foundation, Bank of America, Bell Helicopter Textron, Inc., BNSF Railway Co., EECU, Fort Worth Public Health Dept., Hispanic Healthcare Professionals Association (HISPA), Tarrant County Public Health Department, UTA School of Nursing, Univision Radio, Spring Creek Barbeque, Pancho’s Mexican Buffet, Diario La Estrella, El Hispano News, Panorama Newspaper.

Over 20,000 screenings and services were provided during last yearâ??s fair, including vision exams, prostate cancer screenings, HIV/AIDS tests, respiratory screenings, dental exams, mammograms, glucose tests, immunizations for children, diabetes screenings, nutrition screenings and osteopathic manipulative treatment. School supplies and bicycle helmets will also be distributed at the fair, and childrenâ??s activities will be available throughout the day.

â??This is the only time of year when attendees of the fair get medical treatment,â? said Robert Galvan, DrPH, assistant professor in the Department of Health Management and Policy at the University of North Texas Health Science Center.

The fair has continued to grow in its seven-year history having started with about 2,000 participants in 1999.

â??The reason itâ??s grown is because of community trust,â? Dr. Galvan said. â??We treat everybody and anybody who comes to the fair.â?

Attendance at last yearâ??s Hispanic Wellness Fair exceeded 15,000, with people lining the sidewalks of the Will Rogers Convention Center beginning at 6 a.m. to wait for the doors to open.

For more information on the seventh annual Hispanic Wellness Fair, call 817-735-5114.

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Contact: Kay Colley 817-735-2553, cell 817-980-5090, e-mail kacolley@hsc.unt.edu.

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