Photo by Heather Middleton
By Curt Yeomans
As summer gets closer to turning into autumn, and students begin heading back to school, the time has once again come for an annual health care tradition.
U.S. Congressman David Scott's (D-Ga.) annual community health fair is coming up this weekend. During the health fair, medical professionals will provide free heath screenings to residents, in an effort to promote healthy lifestyles. This marks the seventh year that the congressman's office has offered a health fair.
"We do a lot of this to help our constituents," Scott told a group of soon-to-be college students in Smyrna earlier this week. "Health care is so important, and every year, we offer free exams [to the community]."
This year's health fair will take place Saturday, from 10 a.m., to 2:30 p.m., at Mundy's Mill High School, at 9652 Fayetteville Road, in Jonesboro.
"Breast cancer is a leading cause of death among African American women," the congressman said. "Prostate Cancer is another real dominant difficulty in our community, because of [trouble] getting our men to go to the doctor. Women go, and take care of themselves, but it takes a little special effort to get us men to go ...
"The other [health concern] that is [moving] through our community is AIDS," Scott added. "We're losing too many [people] unnecessarily. We're making great breakthroughs. All you have to do is check Magic Johnson. Magic Johnson is still moving on [but] there is a need for that [HIV/AIDS treatments]."
The lengthy list of participants includes 64 government agencies, post-secondary schools, health care providers, insurance providers, health care non-profit organizations and retail businesses.
The participants include: AID Atlanta, the American Heart Association, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, the Clayton County Board of Health, Clayton County Senior Services Department, Eye Specialists of Georgia, Georgia Dietetic Association, Grady Health System, Morehouse School of Medicine, Northside Hospital, Southern Regional Medical Center, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
Scott pointed to breast cancer, prostate cancer and HIV/AIDS as some of the biggest health issues facing people at this time.
Many of the participants will conduct a wide array of free health screenings for several health issues, including adrenal gland function, asthma, blood glucose, blood pressure, blood sugar, breast cancer, cholesterol, dental, diabetes, foot and spinal scans, hearing, hemoglobin A1c, HIV/AIDS, osteoporosis, prostate cancer, sickle cell, and vision issues.
"You don't need any insurance whatsoever," Scott said.
However, anyone interested in receiving a free prostate cancer screening must pre-register in advance, by calling (770) 210-5073.