Health fair targets high risk groups

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Youngstown kicked off Minority Health Month with a fair Saturday.

Folks were treated to a variety of vendors, health screenings, a tour of the Arlington Heights Recreation Center and even some Zumba.

April is Minority Health Month, but organizers say the early start helps give people in the community a chance to participate and know what their options are, especially with the deadline to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act is just three days away.

“It is so important for people to get out and know their health numbers as far as their cholesterol, glucose, blood pressure,” said Felicia Alexander, fair organizer. “Unfortunately, in those county health rankings there were some areas that we were not so positive in. Events like this, taking the services to the community, helps increase lifestyle changes.”

Ohio has celebrated minority health month for 25 years.

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