Vexed by vision problems? Having difficulty with depression? Need to conquer your cholesterol levels?
The first stop in better well-being might be the Community Health Check, a health fair hosted March 1 by Woodrow Wilson High School.

“This is going to be a top notch health program for the entire family,” says Beverly Ozanne of the program’s organizer, Dallas County Medical Society and Alliance.

Entry into the event is free and includes no-cost screenings of blood pressure, anemia, cholesterol, asthma, blood sugar, vision, hearing and dental. Visitors can also receive free breast exams, glaucoma tests, depression and anxiety screenings, EKGs, cardiovascular risk assessments and more.

An area for children will include Identi-Child, a kid-safety program that fingerprints and photographs kids, and free immunizations also will be available to those who bring shot records.

Ninety to 100 exhibitors, including many major Dallas hospitals, also will provide information to fairgoers, and doctors and pharmacists will be available to answer questions about health and medication concerns.

“People can bring all their medications, and a pharmacist will review them, consult with them and give them questions to ask their doctor if they’re not sure about what they’re taking,” Ozanne says.

Dallas Volunteer Attorneys will also be available to dole out free legal advice.

Spanish translators will be on hand, and a Girl Scout troop will donate free child care. And, lest you think this event is all seriousness, entertainment, food and opportunities for fun also will available.

The Woodrow sophomore class will be selling food items, with proceeds benefiting their class fund. And musical and dance groups from Lincoln High School will provide entertainment. Ballet Folklorico will also perform, as well as the sign-language choir from Stonewall Jackson Elementary. Woodrow students also will perform a teaser from the spring musical, Oklahoma!. And a drawing will be held, open to all fair-goers, for a Voyage Lightweight Folding Bicycle.

“It’s just going to be a very colorful, fun event for the whole family to come to,” Ozanne says.

The Community Health Check will be held at Woodrow Wilson High School Saturday, March 1, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. For information, contact the Dallas County Medical Society at 214-948-3622.

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