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Seven Metro Council members sponsor Community Health and Wellness Festival on April 3rd

Monday March 26, 2007

Majority Caucus
Louisville Metro Council
For More Information Contact:
Tony Hyatt: 574-4137/ 526-3622
Stephen Haag, Jr.
574-1204 / 645-1752

For Immediate release:  

In a first of its kind effort, six Metro Council members have joined together to sponsor the Community Health and Wellness Festival on April 3rd, 2007.

“This is a great opportunity for citizens to come out and take advantage of free screenings and services that can led to a healthier lifestyle,” says Metro Council President Rick Blackwell (D) 12.

Blackwell along with, Vicki Aubrey Welch (D) 13, Bob Henderson (D) 14, Marianne Butler (D) 15, Dan Johnson (D) 21, Doug Hawkins (R) 25 and Judith Green (D) 1 are partnering with The Greater Louisville Medical Society.

The Community Health and Wellness Festival will be held at Iroquois High School, 4615 Taylor Boulevard. The festival’s hours are 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm.

“This festival is a little different than others that have been held because it’s in the early evening,” says Welch. “That should make it easier for people who work during the day.”

Free health screening will be offered including; Peak Flow Meter screening for Asthma/COPD, blood glucose screening for diabetes and blood pressure.

“This is a chance to come out and ask the health professional questions,” says Butler. “And much of what we will be doing is free.”

The festival will also provide information on; home health care, smoking cessation, EMS-911, cancer, heart disease, asthma and Nutrition.

“A pro-active approach is needed when dealing with your health” says Hawkins. “This festival will give residents the ability to take control of their health, through improved knowledge of such things as blood glucose levels and blood pressure.”

Other groups participating in the festival: the Kentucky Chapter American Cancer Society, Passport Health Plans, The Metro Louisville Public Health and Wellness Department, VNA Nazareth Home Health Care, the Air pollution Control District and Metro Louisville Emergency Medical Services.

“We have some great agencies and partners that have come together to help us be healthier,” said Johnson. “I hope residents in all six districts take advantage of the festival.”

“There are so many things that can be treated, if detected early,” says Henderson. “We will have the experts on hand to help answer questions and give some advice that could go along way in improving someone’s health.”

Rick Blackwell (D) 12
Vicki Aubrey Welch (D) 13
Bob Henderson (D) 14
Marianne Butler (D) 15
Dan Johnson (D) 21
Doug Hawkins (R) 25