The Aurora Health Fair offers a wide range of services to the community – the Chicago Tribune

A health fair called “Healthy Minds, Bodies and Souls” on Saturday highlighted a holistic approach to health care.

The 15th annual health fair, at the Aurora Prisco Community Center, was promoted by the Kane County Department of Health in collaboration with the Aurora African American Health Coalition and the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois.

For three hours, the “Healthy Mind, Body and Soul” fair offered a variety of vaccinations and vaccinations, as well as speakers, vendors, children’s activities, gifts, fitness demonstrations, free health performances, and more.

Temeka Booker of Naperville and her daughter Zoey Bishop, 13, came to the health fair and said they were offering a fitness demonstration and a Zumba class, while Booker was also there to discuss some health issues.

“We are here to work on the whole panel. I haven’t been to the doctor in a long time and I’m doing all the work today, ”Booker said. “It’s been over a year since I’ve seen anyone. I usually go to the doctor and check everything. I think things are pretty good overall, but I haven’t spent too much time going to the doctor because of COVID.

Zoey said he would monitor his blood pressure “as well as a couple of other performances.”

“We’re both very excited,” Booker said.

Organizers said it was “wonderful to be able to return to the fair” after things caused by the pandemic in recent years.

Cynthia Miller, president of the Aurora African American Health Coalition, said the 15 years of offering the fair “have come quickly, but we haven’t been able to do anything in the last two years because of the pandemic.”

“This is a really great thing today, to see people come out and be able to be here,” Miller said Saturday.

Clayton Muhammad, Aurora’s chief communications and equity officer, said the 15-year dedication of the fair has led to significant growth and change.

“When we started this, I remember when we started we were looking to provide an opportunity for the black community and its health needs especially that community and individuals,” he said. “The city is a proud sponsor and the growth – the whole issue of mind and body and soul – really shows the growth of health care and care over the years, and we understand that it is now more than just physical health.”

Muhammad said there is now “a spiritual component” to it, as well as “the mental component and the mental health and the impact on overall health with more attention than ever before.”

“We talk about mental health and therapy and counseling, and a lot more than ever before that we talk about and support,” he said. “We are excited about this day and know that black communities have a disproportionate impact on health, from hypertension to diabetes, to various cancers. The health fair allows for these conversations, not in a taboo way, but in an open, frank and honest discussion.”

Joyce Sutton of Hazlehurst, Mississippi, said Aurora had come to visit her sister and this was the second time she had actually visited the health fair.

“I came to the fair a couple of years ago and it was really nice,” she said. “Today I am receiving my COVID booster and I think it is so helpful that cities and local organizations are offering this. It is information and everyone should come out to see what is happening at a health fair and check their conditions.”

Vanessa Thomas of Lindenwod was examining the entire blood panel and said she had visited the fair before.

His technician Christopher Lopez of Empower Health Services said Thomas would “perform a total of 57 different blood tests” and that the results would be “in two days online.”

“We expect to see about 100 people studying the blood panel study today,” he said. “We’ll have to see how things go from Covid.”

David Sharos is a freelance journalist for The Beacon-News.

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