Upcoming Health Fair Encourages Participants to “Be Healthy On Purpose.”

sistas of niaSACRAMENTO – A local mentoring program is inviting the community to take charge of its own wellness and to “Be Healthy On Purpose.”

Sisters of Nia hosts its free community health fair on Saturday, October 26 in Tahoe Park. The event, is set to run from 9:00 a.m. to 12 noon. Tahoe Park is located at 3501 59th Street.

Based at PS7 Middle school, Sisters of Nia helps girls make the transition into middle school and high school, focusing on culture and identity and improving self-esteem. The program teaches the girls to have a strong sense of social responsibility and how to create healthy habits.

The health fair will offer information and resources on health and wellness ranging from breast cancer and HIV to diabetes and high blood pressure. There will also be information on the Affordable Care Act and its health insurance marketplace.

Exhibitors include The Sacramento Chapter of the National Black Child Development Institute, Araven Holistic Mind Institute, the Komen Circle of Promise, Carrie’s TOUCH, 24-Hour Fitness, Legal Services of Sacramento, and the Fathers Resource Center.

The Imani Clinic, run by UC Davis medical students and medical volunteers, will be on hand to provide glucose checks and blood pressure screenings. Students from the Sacramento City College’s Dental Program will share information on dental hygiene. Rite Aid Pharmacy is giving free flu shots. Naa’Ava Catering will be conducting healthy cooking demonstrations.

The “Be Healthy On Purpose” community health fair also features a fundraising Walk-A-Thon that will benefit Sisters of Nias programs and services. Girls are taking pledges and will walk at least 1.5 miles around the park. The community is welcome to join in for $5. For more information, call (707) 469-3642 or visit www.sistersofnia.org