The Miami Edison Health Fair, geared to helping students find medical services, will take place at 11 a.m. April 20 at Edison High School.
The event organizer, Tara Boulos, 23, decided to have the event when she noticed many of her students who were new to the United States had limited knowledge on how to find medical resources. She is a core member from City Year, a nonprofit organization that unites young people of all backgrounds for a year of full-time service to help keep students on track to graduation.
“We’re trying to promote this to the community,” said Boulos. “Most of my students came to the U.S. one or two years ago and they don’t know how to get services.”
The health fair will provide HIV testing, blood pressure and asthma screenings, as well as healthy cooking demos. Students are encouraged to bring their parents and love ones with them; however the event is open to all nearby residents.
Also featured at the health fair will be the Yoga Gangsters, an organization that teaches students to channel their behavior in a peaceful way instead of having negative outbursts. During the fair, they will teach students yoga techniques they can do in their everyday life.
Boulos said that the event is designed to promote healthy living. Baptist Health South Florida will provide fruits and vegetables for families to take home. There will also be light refreshments provided by Starbucks and City Year members for attendees.
“We’re trying to change the students eating habits,” Boulos said, “They don’t see the long term effects, we want to switch their mindsets.”