Harlem Family Health Fair Offers Free Kidney Screenings on Oct. 21, 2006

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A health fair in Harlem on Oct. 21 will feature free health screenings worth $200 to check kidney function, blood glucose, and cholesterol. The health fair is open to the public.

The American Kidney Fund and New York City Mission Society will host the 7th annual Darold Thompson-Ferguson (D-FERG) Harlem Family Health Fair on Saturday, October 21, 2006, from 12 noon to 5 p.m. at Mission Society’s Minisink Townhouse, 646 Malcolm X Boulevard at 142nd Street in Harlem.

The fair will feature a free health screening open to anyone 18 and up. This health screening includes $200 worth of tests to check kidney function, blood glucose, and cholesterol. An 8-hour fast before the screening is recommended. Healthy cooking and exercise demonstrations, presentations by local medical experts and live entertainment will also be featured.

The D-FERG Harlem Family Health Fair is held in honor of Thompson-Ferguson, one of the city’s most talented silkscreen artists. He died from complications of kidney disease on October 17, 2003. D-Ferg, and his family have been active in Harlem’s community programs and with New York City Mission Society for many years.

The American Kidney Fund provides direct financial assistance to kidney patients in need and education for those with and at risk for kidney disease.

The New York City Mission Society, working in Harlem, the South Bronx and other communities since 1812, serves over 3,500 children and families each year through programs and initiatives in education, preventive services, personal growth and development, and arts and recreation.

For more information about the health fair, call (212) 674-3500 ext. 201.

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