Broward County Li­braries Di­vi­sion hosts Septem­ber ‘Health Fair’

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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.

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Kim V. Heard

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