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Jamming for Life to encourage healthy living

Roswell church hosts event featuring multitude of free screenings

September 17, 2013

What: Health fair featuring a variety of free health screenings

Where: Zion Missionary Baptist Church, 888 Zion Circle, Roswell

When: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Sept 28.

Cost: Free

Information: 678-231-5161

ROSWELL, Ga. — On Sept. 28, healthcare providers from all over Roswell and other metro Atlanta areas will join the Zion Missionary Baptist Church in giving back to the community.

The church is holding its eighth annual Jamming for Life health fair, where groups such as Northside Hospital, the Susan G. Komen Foundation and Marietta Family Dental will be providing free health screenings to attendees.

Sponsors, who provided all of the funding, include the 100 Black Men of Atlanta, Susan G. Komen of Greater Atlanta, Northside Hospital and the AARP. 

“The goal of our health fair is to bring the community and health providers together,” said Carol Fowler, representative for the church. 

The various screenings include cholesterol, blood pressure, dental, mammograms, glucose, bone density, BMI, hearing and vision. In addition to the screenings, Life South will be holding a blood drive.

The health fair’s goal is to provide access to these screenings for anyone attending, but “in particular those who don’t have health insurance,” said Fowler.

The flier is printed in English and Spanish, as Michelle Cratcher pointed out.

“We’re making a special effort to reach out to the Spanish-speaking community,” Cratcher said.  

There will also be several workshops at the fair: one on healthy cooking, one on safe exercise and one hosted by the Ladybug for Girls Foundation. The Ladybug Foundation is a nonprofit group dedicated to educating girls on health and wellness in their lives.

“One of our goals this year is to demonstrate ways that our community can develop healthy habits,” said Cratcher. “We would like to take this opportunity to provide people with information — and inspiration — to embark on healthy living, and to help each other improve our quality of life.” 

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