The North Akron Neighborhood Leadership Group will sponsor the inaugural North Akron Health Fair Initiative on Saturday, July 17, 2010, from noon to 3:00 pm, at North High School, 985 Gorge Blvd.
The Health Fair will include free health screenings for the public and activities for kids and is the first step in an ongoing, sustainable effort to educate, advocate and empower the community to adapt healthier lifestyle behaviors and reduce preventable, premature deaths.
Members of the North Akron Neighborhood Leadership Group are Deborah Price, Tania Paden, Belinda Barton and William Warren Jr., all recent graduates of United Way of Summit County's Neighborhood Leadership Institute, an initiative also generously supported by The Akron Community Foundation, Akron Area YMCA, East Akron Community House, The City of Akron, Summit County, Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority, The University of Akron and other organizations.
The Health Fair will be the first of many public forums to celebrate and promote healthy lifestyles. Seminars and on-going case management will be provided for a variety of issues including: preventative maintenance, chronic illness care, diabetes, hypertension, mental health awareness, Sickle Cell Anemia, HIV-AIDS and other STDs, prenatal care, teen parenting and substance abuse and recovery. The North Akron Neighborhood Leadership Group's goal for 2010 is to provide 1,000 health screenings for the community.
According to United Way of Summit County President Bob Kulinski, "Nothing is as powerful as the strength of a community mobilized. This North Akron project represents the first fruits of our Neighborhood Leadership Institute collaborative, and we are proud of the two classes who have graduated and are looking forward to the contributions they will make to their neighborhoods and communities making Summit County a great place for all to live, work and raise our families."