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Kathy GibsNorthwest IndianHealthy Start Hammond (left) takes blood pressure reading CynthiPruitt Gary sixth community health fair held Gary City Hall.

Kathy Gibson, of Northwest Indiana Healthy Start in Hammond (left), takes a blood pressure reading on Cynthia Pruitt, of Gary, at the sixth community health fair held at Gary City Hall. | Stephanie Dowell~Sun-Times Media

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Gary city employees and citizens coming to take care of municipal business had the chance to get their blood pressure checked and obtain health information Oct. 17 at the sixth annual Healthy Start health fair held on the main floor inside City Hall.

It was the first time the health fair, which focuses on breast cancer awareness, domestic violence and drub abuse issues, was held inside a local government building.

“We decided to do something different by hosting the event inside City Hall,” said Healthy Start of Northwest Indiana outreach coordinator Avis Rogers Dumas.

She added that 15 area agencies participated in the health fair, piling tables with information for anyone paying a visit.

“It only made sense to hold the health fair here as people come to City Hall on a daily basis and it also benefits the city employees here,” Rogers Dumas continued.

This year’s theme was “A New Lease on Life,” and included a balloon-release ceremony to honor those going through breast cancer, domestic violence or drug abuse issues.

Vendors included Anthem, the Gary Health Department and other agencies.

Valerie Cundiff is a certified office administrator for the Caring Corner in Merrillville, which assists people dealing with social problems.

“So many people are going through various issues either on the job, at work or personal and don’t know where to go or who to turn to for help,” Cundiff said.

Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson stopped by before attending meetings in her office and was very pleased.

“We are excited to have the Healthy Start of Northwest Indiana come to City Hall. The presence of these vendors is a chance for city employees and the community to get much needed information and screenings. We are working hard to help our citizens get healthier,” she said.



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