On Saturday, May 23, 2015 from 9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m., Healthy is the New Hot Health Fair at Joseph C. Carter Park in Fort Lauderdale. Since July 2013 Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition of Broward County has implemented Closing the Gap, a program funded by the Florida Department of Health, Office of Minority Health.
Closing The Gap aims to increase knowledge and change behaviors of minority women and men in health issues known to impact healthy birth outcomes, including healthy eating, physical activity, and HIV testing. It promotes a healthier lifestyle among Black and Latino residents who suffer higher rates of chronic disease when compared to other ethnic groups in Broward County.
According to the Florida Department of Health one out of three children are overweight or obese and 65 percent of adults are at an unhealthy weight in the State of Florida. Obesity is linked to many diseases and $34 billion will be spent over the next 17 years on chronic diseases that result from obesity. Black and Latino residents also deal with higher rates of diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease when compared with white residents in Broward County.
Through the Closing the Gap program Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies of Broward has facilitated a number of group education sessions on oral health, HIV prevention, nutrition and cooking demonstration. Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies of Broward also facilitates Sister Stroll in the parks to encourage walking to stay healthy.
Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies of Broward will host Healthy is the New Hot Health Fair at Joseph C. Carter Park to promote eating healthy and healthy lifestyle for parents and children. People who come to Healthy is the New Hot Health Fair will receive information on preparing healthy food on a budget, HIV/AIDS education as well as access to free HIV testing, and free vision and hearing testing. Individuals will participate in a Sister Stroll, Zumba and have the opportunity to receive information from a number of vendors/community resources. There will be free food and raffle giveaways.
This event is free to the com-munity. For more information, call Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies of Broward (954) 765-0550.
Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition of Broward County is a tax exempt 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 1987 dedicated to reducing infant deaths by strengthening families through a comprehensive approach to prenatal care, parenting, education and support services.