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10/3/07

School of Medicine Students to Provide Free Health Fair

The School of Medicine student chapter of the Texas Medical Association will host a free health fair Thursday, October 4, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at United Supermarkets located at 2630 Parkway Drive.

School of Medicine students from the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center will provide free diabetes screenings and blood pressure screenings.

The American Heart Association states that one in three U.S. adults has high blood pressure, but because there are no symptoms, many people don't know they have it. If you have a family history of high blood pressure or have not had your blood pressure checked recently, the TMA suggests to keep in mind that uncontrolled high blood pressure can lead to serious consequences such as stroke, heart attack or even kidney failure.

Activities for children will be available such as face painting and games. Booths will include "Hard Hats for Little Heads," with bicycle safety information for children and their families. Forty bicycle helmets will be given away to the first children who arrive.

The Health Fair also will include a smoking cessation area for those interested in receiving information and help in stopping smoking. Steven Alred, SOM student and TMA vice president, said cigarette smokers are more likely to die from coronary heart disease than nonsmokers.

"This health fair is a great opportunity for the community to stop and take a minute for your health," Alred said. "Taking the steps to preventive health such as stopping smoking, checking your blood pressure or eating healthy and exercising can prevent illness for you and your family."

Families also will have the opportunity to learn more about nutrition and exercise as well.

For more information, contact Steven Alred, at (806) 778-9569.

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