Friday, June 15, 2007

Soul Vegetarian Chicago cooks at local health fair

West Side Health and Wellness Fair
ABC7 News Chicago

June 15, 2007 - The Kedvale New Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church is hosting The West Side Health and Wellness Fair, Saturday, June 16 from 10am-3pm.

The entire 1300 block of South Kedvale Avenue will be closed to traffic and open for the public to receive health screenings, dental exams and immunizations.

The goal of the fair is to help close the gap between African-American health outcomes and those of the general population.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, African-Americans are more likely to die from cancer, stroke and diabetes- related illnesses than any other group. Further, average life expectancy for blacks is roughly five years less than it is for whites. Factors contributing to these disparities include discrimination, cultural barriers, and lack of access to health care.

In addition to on-site medical care, participants in The West Side Health and Wellness Fair will get hands-on lessons in nutrition and healthy eating through a live cooking demonstration presented by Soul Vegetarian Restaurant, 205 E. 75th St Chicago, IL 60619; (773) 224-0104.

They can also pick up fitness tips through personal training from the Lawndale Christian Fitness Center. The fair will also offer access to information on jobs, housing, educational resources and programs for seniors and ex-offenders. Local singers, dancers and rappers are scheduled to perform on the main stage. Corporate sponsors include Walgreens Co., the Steans Family Foundation and the Chicago Department of Public Health.

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