A health fair with a focus on diabetes and congestive heart failure was held at the Solomon P. Ortiz Center on Thursday.
The fair was sponsored by the group MCCI and Humana, and brought together dozens of health organizations for the good of our elderly community. The goal was to get people screened for blood pressure and cholesterol problems, diabetes and obesity, and to focus on prevention as a cure.
"It's very important to start early with change in diet, exercise and medications to make sure blood pressure and cholesterol are perfect," Internal Medicine Dr. Jerome Lee Sang said. "To stop future complications, like heart attack and stroke."
"Here in Corpus Christi, our work is cut out for us," said Todd Gifford of the MCCI Medical Group. "If we look at the rate of amputation and obesity, it's epidemic. We want to do everything we can to empower through awareness."
MCCI plans to host at least one more free health fair by the end of the year. It will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 3, also at the Ortiz Center. The focus will be the lung disease known as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD. The health fair will be free and open to the public.
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