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Region-Wide Health & Harmony Fair Day – Sept. 23

The City of Gary will host the 2nd annual region-wide Health & Harmony Fair and the 4th annual First Ladies Health Day sponsored by Walgreens on Saturday, September 23, 2017 from 8:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. at the Genesis Convention Center, 1 Genesis Center Plaza.

Screen Shot 2017 09 21 at 10.15.29 AMThe Health Fair presented by the Methodist Hospitals, the Danielle Ashley Group First Ladies Initiative, the City of Gary and Spirit of the Heart/Association of Black Cardiologists will offer attendees of all ages a full range of free medical testing and health screenings to detect or prevent systemic illnesses such as diabetes, hepatitis, hypertension, HIV/AIDS, obesity and certain forms of cancer.  Other partners and providers include AMGEN, Gilead, Oak Street Health, NOVARTIS, Robert Petock & Associates and the Allergon Foundation.  Featured presentations will include a healthy heart panel discussion led by Dr. Andre Artis, MD and Lora Branch of Gilead Sciences will present on ending HIV and HCV.

Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson stated, “We look forward to partnering each year with Methodist, the Danielle Ashley Group and First Ladies of Gary, and our neighboring communities to host this important health event in Northwest Indiana.  We encourage not only women, but men, our senior citizens and our young people to come out and take advantage of the free services.”  Transportation will be provided locally from senior high-rise buildings, area women and men shelters and others.  For details or to sign up for transportation, call the Mayor’s office at 219-881-1302.

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ONE PATIENT LOOKS away with the smile as volunteer medical staff perform free testing and health screenings. Partners in the City of Gary Region-Wide Health & Harmony Fair Day inclue AMGEN, Gilead, Oak Street Health and others.

In addition to the free health offerings, the Health & Harmony event will feature free raffles, fun activities for the kids, a giant inflatable heart display, free refreshments and healthy food samples. Added this year is special guest gospel recording artist Erica Atkins-Campbell of Mary Mary and jazz artist Ray Silkman. The entertainment will also feature a local music showcase of area gospel choirs.

To register for the Health & Harmony Fair, call 1-888-909-3627 or visit For more information about the First Ladies Health Day, call 219-881-1302. For a complete listing of all participating churches and First Ladies, visit www.FirsLadies; text HEALTH to 36363; or call 312-470-0270.  Follow the action on social media using #FirstLadiesHealth.

About the First Ladies Health Initiative

The First Ladies Health Initiative is held annually in metropolitan areas across the U.S., including Chicago, Gary, Ind., Los Angeles, and Orange County, Calif. It is designed to bring awareness to illnesses that disproportionately affect African Americans, Latinos and low-income communities; and increase first ladies’ participation in the Health Day. The program kicks off with a luncheon attended by nearly 200 pastors’ wives who receive information from medical professionals on how to educate their communities about various illnesses. The program culminates with First Ladies Health Day, the largest health day of its kind in the nation. More information is available at


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