Free health and fitness services, back-to-school supplies, activities and food were available for families and residents on Saturday, August 1. State Senator Mattie Hunter (D-Chicago) and the Institute for Positive Living provided free health screenings. For the first time, Hunter joined the families of victims of violence and families for those who have lost loved ones to breast cancer for a balloon releases.
The 12th Annual Health & Fitness Fair, located at the Illinois Institute of Technology on 33rd and State St., offered free eye and dental examinations, health screenings and provide information on nutrition, exercise and holistic health. The festivities included raffles, prizes, food and refreshment.
“As Chicagoans, we should remember to take care of our loved ones by doing everything we can to make our communities stronger and healthier. Getting active, having fun and remaining safe are all possible when a neighborhood becomes a family,” said Hunter.
The event also featured:
• St. Bernard Hospital’s pediatric mobile unit – free physicals for students entering 1st, 5th and 9th grades, along with immunizations and lead testing.
• Health screenings including blood pressure, cholesterol, glucose, osteoporosis and diabetes
• Back-to-school giveaways: Free haircuts , bookbags and school supplies
• Free food and entertainment: Live performances by the World Champion South Shore Drill Team and the World Champion Jesse White Tumblers on the Main Entertainment Stage.
• Raffles and prizes: Free passes to the Chicago Children’s Museum and Direct Energy’s raffles for a Nest smart-learning thermostat for parents and a Kindle for children.
• Story time at the Innovation to Inspiration mobile exhibit, sponsored by Direct Energy, one of the largest energy and home service providers in North America.