Posted: Nov 10, 2011 4:16 PM
From South Texas Comprehensive Cancer Centers
By Carolina Pradario, M.D.
CORPUS CHRISTI - I had the privilege of participating in the 2011 Nueces County Healthy Living Health Fair, both as a volunteer and as a participant. Having attended many health fairs throughout the years, I was unsure about what to expect from the health fair here in Corpus Christi. When I arrived at the American Bank Center, I was pleasantly surprised.
I have found that there are three key components to a successful health fair: organization, educational content, and most importantly the contribution of the community. All of which I'm proud to say that I witnessed at Saturday's event. The fair was extremely well planned and the exhibitors were in abundance. This was the perfect forum for introducing healthcare providers to members of the community and to help educate them on achieving and maintaining healthy lifestyles. There were also a handful of exhibitors who volunteered to provide useful information about the latest in preventative health care.
What really made this event stand out was the community's contribution. Not just the many volunteers who helped make this happen, but more importantly the attendance of my fellow Nueces County citizens. Even with the threat of a tropical storm potentially affecting the attendance of the Health Fair, over 7,000 people attended this event. This proves more and more that people are becoming aware of the importance of living a healthy lifestyle and assuming responsibility for their own health.
The Nueces County Health Fair was a perfect way to give back to the community by providing educational information on prevention and early detection of disease. I am proud to have been part of this year's health fair and I look forward to many more successful ones in the future.
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