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Opa-locka health fair to focus on diabetes, high blood pressure

The Opa-locka Community Development Corporation is helping locals get a head start on health — with free high blood pressure and diabetes screenings.

On Saturday, March 7 at 1 p.m., the OLCDC will host their Health Matters fair at Sherbondy Village community center.

The second annual health and resource fair aims to help Opa-locka families — kids, adults and seniors — learn how to engage in healthier lifestyles. The fair will offer free health exams and educational workshops.

Last year, more than 200 people took advantage of local health services and community resources that was offered by more than 40 local organizations. Participants also learned about nutrition and how to make low cost meals.

“It’s very beneficial,” said Kareena Rozier, health and social initiatives coordinator for the OLCDC. “When it comes to hypertension (high blood pressure) and diabetes a lot of residents aren’t very aware.”

Organizers hope to double attendance at this year’s event.

Activities will include CPR and food demonstrations, breast cancer exams, and aerobics. There will also be a bounce house, live entertainment and a hand washing demonstration for kids.

“It will be a lot of imperative information [people] can go home and utilize,” said Rozier.

The event is open to the public and the OLCDC encourages residents of Opa-locka, Miami Gardens and Hialeah to attend.

If you go

What: The Opa-locka Community Development Corporation Health Matters: Health and Resource Fair

When: Saturday, from 1 to 4 p.m.

Where: Sherbondy Village community center at 215 Perviz Ave.

Cost: Free

For more information: Visit www.olcdc.org or call 305-687-3545.

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