Broward County Libraries Division hosts September ‘Health Fair’
The community is encouraged to pursue knowledge at local libraries. But the Broward County Libraries (BCL) division has expanded this pursuit to include health care education through its September health fair event.
The BCL is one of 36 nonprofit organizations, public health agencies and community groups in South Florida that have received funding this year from Susan G. Komen Miami/Fort Lauderdale.
BCL’s goal is to increase breast cancer awareness through education and to provide the community with access to the resources needed to help save lives. The Libraries Division makes every effort to ensure that all people, especially the underserved residents - particularly African-American, Hispanic and lesbian populations - are aware of breast cancer resources in the area.
This is the ninth consecutive year that the Susan G. Komen Miami/Fort Lauderdale affiliate has awarded grant funds to the Broward County Libraries Division. A significant event each year is the Broward County Library Breast Cancer Support and Wellness Health Fair.
The BCL’s sixth annual “Breast Cancer Support and Wellness Health Fair” will take place Sept. 21, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center (AARLCC), 2650 Sistrunk Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. More than a dozen health-related informational tables will be at the fair. Attendees can find information and speak to health professionals about breast cancer resources and healthy lifestyles for the whole family.
There will also be two speakers at the fair. Maxine Chang Chin, a cancer risk assessment counselor for the Memorial Cancer Institute, will present “Genetics and The Link to Breast Cancer.”
“Genetic testing has been in the news lately and has brought more awareness to all of us regarding the importance of knowing our family history and discussing this with our healthcare providers,” said Chang Chin. “Families with an abnormal gene are at increased risk to develop specific cancers and therefore options for prevention and screening will be discussed.”
Michelle J. Stewart, a registered and licensed dietitian known as The Nutrition Planner, will discuss “Breast Cancer and Nutrition; is there a connection?”
“There is still research to do in the link between nutrition and cancer but we do know that eating whole foods that contain antioxidants and eating a mostly plant based diet has the ability to help stave off cancer and may help to inhibit cancer cell growth or reduce tumor size,” Stewart said.
Yoga instructor Lynette Culp will present simple moves for breast cancer survivors.
The Memorial Women’s Imaging Mobile Mammography Service will be on site at the fair, and women are encouraged to make an appointment by calling 954-276-5595. The cost for the mammography screening is $99 for individuals without insurance. The Community Blood Centers of Florida van will be accepting blood donations. All blood donors will receive a free wellness checkup including blood pressure, pulse, temperature, iron count and cholesterol screening.
There will be additional breast cancer related programs at several library locations during October. For additional information about the health fair and library programs during Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, call 954-357-7443.
Yoga instructor Lynette Culp demonstrates simple moves for breast cancer survivors.
Kim V. Heard