National Health Corps Florida AmeriCorps members host health fair

IMG_0598The National Health Corps Florida, an AmeriCorps program, hosted a free Self-Care Health Fair on June 18th at the River Region Justina Community Center. The event was developed and implemented by NHC Florida AmeriCorps members as part of their efforts to improve health outcomes in underserved communities.

The health fair served approximately 40 families from the community with important healthcare resources. NHC Florida AmeriCorps members and partner organizations share information about nutrition, tobacco cessation, mental health, art therapy and physical fitness. Free health screenings included blood pressure screenings, blood glucose readings and confidential HIV testing.

IMG_0597Vendors included NHC Florida host sites, Trader Joes, the Jacksonville Public Library, Drug Free Duval, the American Red Cross, the American Cancer Society, Wal-mart Vision Center and the Florida Poison Information Center — Jacksonville.

Prizes, food and giveaways were provided by Trader Joe’s, Panera Bread, Tijuana Flats, Smoothie King, Einstein Bagels and Catty Shack Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary.

IMG_0596NHC Florida is a service-learning AmeriCorps program administered by the Northeast Florida Healthy Start Coalition. Twenty AmeriCorps members serve an 11-month term at public health-oriented non-profit and government organizations throughout Northeast Florida.