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April 8, 2013  

3rd Annual SPRING INTO HEALTH FESTIVAL CONNECTS MORE THAN ## SOUTH LA RESIDENTS WITH HEALTH RESOURCES

South Los Angeles Community Fair Brings Free Health Screenings, Cooking and Fitness Demonstrations, Product Giveaways and More

LOS ANGELES- (April 7, 2013)- Yesterday, Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science (CDU), in collaboration with North Area Neighborhood Development Council (NANDC) and Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center hosted Spring Into Health, a community event designed to raise public awareness of local health & wellness resources, promote healthy lifestyles, and give confidence to individuals seeking responsibility for their own health.  Over 182 families attended the health festival representing over 622 attendees at Martin Luther King Jr. Park, with over 20 community organizations providing health resources and information, product giveaways, music and entertainment, as well as games and prizes for children.

The Festival provided over 70 people with hypertension and diabetes screenings and 25 children with fluoride treatments.   In addition, families learned about sustainable gardening and children were given their own vegetable or herb to transplant and share with their families at home. 

“Events like this are a great service to South Los Angeles residents, bringing together the community and connecting people with resources they need to maintain a healthy lifestyle,” said Dr. Daphne Calmes, Interim Dean, College of Medicine at Charles R. Drew University.

“[Events like Spring Into Health also] allow us to provide education, facilitate access to medical resources, and help community members to take an active role in their health. These principals are central to our mission of promoting health and wellness in underserved communities.  I believe that making the event accessible by holding it within the community and offering a wide range of services, information, and interactive activities were key to its success says Maita, Kuvhenguhwa, CDU Spring Into Health Organizer and 4th Year Medical Student.”


The health fair seeks to provide resources to residents disproportionately affected with negative health outcomes.  In the neighborhoods of South Los Angeles, 33% of children are overweight and one in seven residents are living with diabetes.

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For more information, please contact:
 

Jessica Gelzer
jgelzer@griffinschein.com
323-892-2080 OR 818-399-4088

 

 

 
 

About Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science
CDU is a private, nonprofit, nonsectarian, minority-serving medical and health sciences institution. Located in the Watts-Willowbrook area of South Los Angeles, CDU has graduated more than 550 medical doctors, 2,500 post-graduate physicians, more than 2,000 physician assistants and hundreds of other health professionals. The only dually designated Historically Black Graduate Institution and Hispanic Serving Health Professions School in the U.S., CDU is recognized as a leader in translational and health inequities research, specifically with respect to heart disease, diabetes, cancer, mental health, and HIV/AIDS. Recently, the CDU/UCLA medical program was named the best performaer in the University of California System with respect to producing outstanding underrepresented minority physicians by the Greenlining Institute. For more information, visit http://www.cdrewu.edu/.

 
 

CHARLES R. DREW UNIVERSITY OF MEDICINE AND SCIENCE
1731 East 120th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90059
p 323 563 4987  f 323 563 5987  
www.cdrewu.edu

Pioneering in Health and Education

 
     
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