Special to the Tribune-Star
The 2012 INShape Indiana Black and Minority Health Fair runs from Thursday to Sunday at the Indiana Convention Center, Hall D, in downtown Indianapolis.
Once again this year, attendees can receive free screenings, health information and giveaways. More than $1,000 worth of health screening will be offered, including blood pressure, glucose, cholesterol, syphilis, body mass index, addiction, prostate and dental. Additionally, staff will offer body health analysis, stroke assessment, lead testing for children and eye exams, on Thursday and Friday.
The theme for this year’s Health Fair, “Rethink, Reset, Restart Your Health,” encourages Hoosiers to pause and think about the choices they are making every day which contribute to overall health and well being, to learn more about their health, and to begin making the healthier choices that are right for them.
The opening ceremony is at 3 p.m. Thursday and will feature keynote speaker, chef and author Timothy Moore. “The Vegan Chef” Moore, once weighing 320 pounds, overcame diabetes and reached a healthy weight after becoming a holistic vegan. Moore has written three books, of which two discuss health matters. His 2012 release, “47 Tips to Reverse Your Diabetes,” focuses on nutritional means to control the disease. Moore is also a traditional naturopath doctor, certified nutrition specialist and food consultant. He will be available to the public for questions throughout the weekend.
Also at the opening ceremony, top students involved in the Enhancing Minority Partnership Opportunities; Working to Eliminate Racial and Ethnic Disparities project will be honored by the Office of Minority Health. The purpose of EMPOWERED is to improve access to health care for racial and ethnic minorities in Indiana.
“We’re proud to pay tribute to these achievers in the community. They deserve recognition for overcoming obstacles and helping others do likewise,” said Antoniette Holt, director of the Office of Minority Health at the Indiana State Department of Health. “Their efforts are making positive impacts on people’s health in Indiana and around the country.”
The Health Fair is free to attend on opening night.
Other guests at the Health Fair include Jerome and LaChelle Adkins and their 14 children, who are currently taping a reality television series, “The Adkins Family is a Reality.”
Visitors will be able to participate in healthy activities such as food demonstrations, fitness-oriented videogames and dancing.
Health Fair hours are:
• 4-8 p.m. Thursday
• 1-8 p.m. Friday
• 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday
• Noon-6 p.m. Sunday
For more information, visit www.statehealth.in.gov.