Hendricks County Flyer, Avon, IN

July 8, 2013

Health fair returns for 28th year

Steven Penn

— The 2013 INShape Indiana Black and Minority Health Fair begins July 18 and runs through July 21 at the Indiana Convention Center, Hall D.

Ken Severson, media relations coordinator for the Indiana State Department of Health, said the theme of this year’s fair is “Good Health for All Generations.” It will focus on promoting healthy living by encouraging people to make healthy decisions throughout their lives.

Severson added that attendance at the health fair has hovered between 25,000 to 28,000 in recent years.

A press release from the department urged Hoosiers to take control of and learn more about their health, taking into account how everyday choices contribute to health.

Antoniette Holt, director of Indiana State Department of Health Office of Minority Health, said in a press release that the goal of the fair is to provide something for everyone.

“With so many health problems affecting every age group, we wanted to incorporate a theme that truly reached all generations,” Holt said. “Our intention for the 2013 INShape Indiana Black and Minority Health Fair is that there will be something for everyone and that people will be empowered and inspired to be their own best health advocate.”

Severson said those who attend the fair will have the opportunity to receive valuable information, along with free health screenings.

“We’re offering over $1,000 worth of health screenings,” he said. “Some of the health screenings are blood pressure, cholesterol, and then HIV is only being tested on one day.”

According to information released by the department, other screenings include glucose, syphilis, body mass index, prostrate, vision, and dental.

Severson added that two new screenings this year are hearing and feet.

The opening ceremony is 3 p.m. July 18 with chef and author Dr. Timothy Moore, known as “The Vegan Chef,” providing the keynote address.

The health fair is held each year in conjunction with Indiana Black Expo.

Also, the heath fair is free to attend on opening night with the remaining days of the fair included in the admission to the expo.

Special guests this year will include members of the Indiana Fever and NBA all-star and hall of fame inductee Dominique Wilkins on Saturday and Sunday.

The event is sponsored by the Indiana State Department of Health with the assistance of Indiana Black Expo, Inc., Community Health Network, Eli Lilly and Company. and other partners. 

Severson said the health fair is something people should use to their advantage.

“One of our goals at the INShape Indiana Black and Minority Health Fair is to help Hoosiers make healthy decisions to have longer and better lives,” he said. “People should take advantage of the valuable screenings and information offered so they can better understand their risk factors and how they can take action to prevent chronic diseases.”

Health Fair hours are 4 to 8 p.m. July 18, 1 to 8 p.m. July 19, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. July 20, and noon to 6 p.m. July 21.

For more information about the 2013 INShape Indiana Black and Minority Health Fair, visit the website at www.statehealth.in.gov, follow the Indiana State Department of Health on Twitter @StateHealthIN or the Office of Minority Health @INMinorityHth and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/isdh1.