Health fair set at Hartsfield-Jackson

From Staff Reports

The R. L. Brown Jr. Grady Medical Center and the Grady Health System will dually host its first-ever Airport Health Fair in the Hartsfield-Jackson Airport Atrium on Thursday, Sept. 29, from 10 a. m. until 3 p.m.

The pubic is invited to have free cholesterol, diabetes, sickle cell anemia, ostio perrosis, blood pressure, and other screenings, said Danielle Eades, clinical director at R. L. Brown Jr. Grady Medical Center.

Organizations involved in the Airport Health Fair are: The American Heart Association, the American Diabetes Association, the Center for Disease Control, the Food and Drug Administration, the American Cancer Society, the American Kidney Foundation, the American Liver Foundation, the Georgia Poison Control, the Georgia Cancer Coalition, and the Grady Women's Health and Nutrition Services.

Those who attend the Health Fair will automatically be entered into a raffle, where the first-place prize includes two round-trip Air Tran tickets any Air Tran flies. Winners need not be present during the raffle drawing at the end of the fair.

This year, Hartsfield-Jackson Airport employed nearly 53,000 people. And many of those employees of airlines and aviation services do not have health insurance, said Eades.

Eades advises that "the biggest way to prevent a lot of these diseases is to eat nutritional meals and get daily exercise-low fat, low calorie meals. Stay away from processed foods and fast foods.

"We will provide them information about major problems we've seen in diabetes and heart disease," she said. "A general awareness of health and disease prevention is our goal for the airport community. (Because) certainly, a large population of our employees do not have health insurance. This is a way to make them aware of any health problems they may have through the screenings.

"We're hoping to expect over 500," she said, modestly.

For more, call Eades at (404) 616 - 6000.