The Louisiana Department of Health is holding two fairs in Grant Parish, April 24 in Pollock and May 1 in Colfax, to educate residents, provide health screenings and administer the H1N1 vaccine to local residents.

Organized by DHH’s Office of Public Health, Office for Addictive Disorders, the Bureau of Minority Health Access and the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, medical and health care professionals will be on-hand to provide information, tutorials and answer residents’ questions during the four-hour fairs themed “Good Health: Don’t Take it for GRANTed.”

“Educating the community about preventative care is an essential part of our work as health care professionals,” said Dr. David Holcombe, medical director for DHH’s Region 6. “Our hope is that fairs like the ones in Colfax and Pollock will not only encourage residents to learn about health factors in their lives, but also encourage them to take an active role in their health and the health of their families.”

The health fair in Pollock will be held 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 24 at the Lacroix Park on Highway 8 West between the fire station and the baseball fields. The rain location will be First Baptist Church Family Life Center, 7936 Ridge Street in Pollock. The fair in Colfax will be held 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 1 at the Colfax Walking Trail at Faircloth and 6th streets. The rain location will be Colfax Elementary School at 250 Third Street in Colfax.

Free transportation to and from the health fairs will be available through the LaSalle Community Action Agency. To sign up for transportation, call 318-627-3754 by April 22 for the April 24 health fair and by April 29 for the May 1 fair.

Fair sponsors include the Grant Parish School Board, First Baptist Church of Pollock, First Baptist Church of Colfax, the towns of Colfax and Pollock, Grant Parish Sherriff’s Office, LSU Ag Center, CHRISTUS St. Frances Cabrini Hospital, Rapides Regional Medical Center, Central Louisiana Area Health Education Center, The Rapides Foundation, Central Louisiana Breastfeeding Coalition, WalMart Vision Center, Grant Parish Council on Aging, the Louisiana Commission for the Deaf and the Alzheimer’s Association.

The Louisiana Department of Health strives to protect and promote health statewide and to ensure access to medical, preventive and rehabilitative services for all state citizens. To learn more about LDH, visit http://www.dhh.louisiana.gov.

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