Annual African American Health Fair set for March 7

By on March 5, 2009

The Kane County Health Department encourages participation in the fourth annual African American Health Fair, set for Saturday, March 7, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., at West Aurora High School, 1201 E. New York St., in Aurora.

The fair is free and open to the public. Participants can listen to distinguished experts speaking on a variety of topics. Presentations, health screenings, exhibits, raffle prizes and entertainment will be provided during the day.

There will be a special guest appearance by Dr. Damon Arnold, Director of the Illinois Department of Pubic Health. Dr. Arnold is scheduled to make a statement at 8:30 a.m. on Kidney Awareness Month by the Kidney Mobile Unit.

The keynote speaker will be Dr. Paul Crawford, who will speak about the prevention of chronic kidney disease. Other speakers include Lorna London, Ph.D, who will speak about stress management, Chad and Tabia Earl, certified fitness trainers from DuPage Fitness & Rehabilitation to speak about healthy eating and physical fitness; Pastor Julian E. Spencer from Main Baptist Church in Aurora to speak about promoting spiritual health. Emcee for the occasion will be Servant George Rayford, pastor of New Community Baptist Church.

This year for the first time, Girl Scout Troop 761 will host Children’s Health Fair and will have Girl Scout patches available for participants. Health screenings will be conducted from 8 to 11 a.m.; 12-hour fasting is required. The National Kidney Foundation’s Kidney Mobile will be onsite to perform blood pressure checks and kidney screenings. Provena Mercy Medical Center will perform glucose and cholesterol screening, and Aunt Martha’s Healthcare Network Mobile Unit will conduct prostate screenings for men.

Health presentations will begin at 11 a.m. A continental breakfast and hot lunch will be provided, as well as lots of raffles and giveaways.

For more information and to RSVP, contact Toya Johnson at (630) 518-8379 or