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AKA Celebrates Second Annual Pasadena Area Health Resource Fair

The Ladies of AKA proudly host 2nd Annual Health Resource FairPasadena - The Eta Lambda Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. co-sponsored its Second Annual Health Resource Fair on Saturday, October 10th at the Jackie Robinson Community Center.

During the event titled, "Taking Control of Your Health Destiny," the following tests were done with attendees at no charge - 44 Eye Exams, 24 Ear Exams, 22 AIDS Tests, 30 flu shots were given, 15 Glucose screenings were done, 17 people signed up for the Bone Marrow Registry and 7 people donated very much needed blood.

The fair focused on the overall health of a person and provided a lot of valuable information that ranged from nutritional health, to mental health, to financial health to information on cancer, diabetes, sickele cell anemia and more. "The Eta Lambda Omega Chapter brings this fair into our community because as a race, African-Americans are a small percentage of the overall people that get diseases such as cancer, AIDS, and diabetes but because early detection and treatment does not occur, we are the highest percentage race that dies from these diseases," said Elise Mallory, AKA's Pasadena Chapter President. "Our goal is to bend the curve by bringing services into our community."

Health Fair co-sponsors also included The Aids Service Center, D'Veal Family and Youth Services, Jackie Robinson Park and Community Center, The Office of Congressman Adam Schiff, The Office of Senator Carol Liu, and The Office of Assemblyman Anthony Portantino. The Pasadena Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha - Eta Pi Lambda Chapter also participated in the event.

Radio station HOT 92.3 FM provided the event's music entertainment. Event organizers also provided a speaker series on various health topics, activities for the kids, and raffled off a range of prizes including gift baskets, gift cards and health care items.

A sampling of this year's health service participants included Edwin's Pharmacy, which made available much needed flu shots. The pharmacy is also provided blood pressure screenings, cholesterol tests and blood glucose readings; a mobile eye clinic was on hand thanks to the Lion's Club of Pasadena and La Crescenta. The Lions Club also teamed up with Angel Dental Society to provide attendees with free dental screenings; and the Los Angeles based House of Hearing organization provided free hearing tests.

On November 14, Eta Lambda Omega along with Pasadena Unified will host its fifth annual Free College Scholarship Workshop for high school students and their parents. This year's event will take place at Pasadena High School, 2925 Sierra Madre Blvd between 9AM and Noon. Attendees will learn how to win college scholarships. Guest speakers are Tony Ross from Cal State LA and Alicia Green, a multiple scholarship award recipient. To RSVP for the Scholarship Workshop or for additional information please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 626-375-0687. Continental Breakfast provided.

 

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