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Sunday, April 15, 2007

2007 Kingsport Health Fair at the V.O. Dobbins Community Center


The 2007 Kingsport Health Fair at the V.O. Dobbins Community Center was a rousing success. Many people took time to stop by, and get checked out for their health. Among the tests done free of charge were diabetes screening, breathing and lung testing for respiratory problems, eye screening, blood pressure tests, and blood sugar testing.
There were also events for the kids, teaching them the value of getting regularly tested for various ailments. The kids learned in a fun-type atmosphere that although the tests can be time-consuming and perhaps hurt a little, it's so very important to be tested and follow through with what the testing may find.
Our seniors in South Central Kingsport also benefited from the Health Fair. Those who came by the Health Fair were tested, but medical students from the East Tennessee State University School of Medicine also went through the Riverview Neighborhood, stopping the homes of those seniors who were sick and shut-in, doing blood pressure testing and other screenings.
This was an excellent event that brought out friends and neighbors, in a community atmosphere that has always been a staple in the South Central Kingsport area.
The 2007 Kingsport Health Fair was sponsored by the Kingsport Housing Authority, Kingsport Parks and Recreation, the South Central Kingsport Community Development Corporation, the Northeast Tennessee Minority Health Coalition, the Health Teams of Central Baptist and Shiloh Baptist Churches, and the ETSU Division of Health Sciences. Thanks to these groups and organizations that make the event a huge success, a toast to your good health!