Champions For Health event to promote community health and safety – The Vicksburg Post
One of the most important things a person can do is get recommended health checkups, where potential issues could be addressed before they become more difficult to deal with.
To encourage residents to get recommended screenings and to facilitate the power of prevention, the City of Vicksburg will sponsor Champions For Health, a free community health and safety fair.
The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on March 23 at the Vicksburg City Auditorium, 901 Monroe St.
“We are thrilled with the Champions For Health Power of Prevention community health and safety fair,” said Felicia Kent.
Kent is the City of Vicksburg project director for the $3 million grant from the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Minority Health.
“As communities recover from COVID, we want to make sure individuals have annual wellness screenings and visits,” Kent said.
The health fair includes many local health partners, she said, to help ensure health and prevention are front and center.
Partners include the Cancer Action Network; Positive Pathways Behavioral Health, LLC; Elite performance and rehabilitation; Institute for the Advancement of Minority Health; EPS on the go; Merit Health River Region: Grace Christian Counseling Center; Tobacco-Free Mississippi; MANI Vicksburg; the YMCA; Mississippi Shine Project; Vigilant Health and WIC.
Activities will include blood pressure and hypertension screenings; diabetes/blood glucose screenings; health literacy resources; demonstration of the breast pump and information on breastfeeding; dental health information; mental health services and information; fire safety and extinguisher demonstrations; COVID-19 vaccination; post-COVID recovery treatment information; cancer advocacy information; weight management and lifestyle modification and general health information and resources.
“This is an exciting time for the citizens of Vicksburg,” Kent said.
In addition to screenings and activities, Kent said, food vendors will be on site and for those who visit three of the tables, a free lunch will be offered.
It will be a fun event,” Kent said.