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Health fair to be held at convention center Saturday

Messenger-Inquirer - 6/1/2024

Oliver Williams has been looking for a way to honor his mother, Phyllis Moore, since her death in 2019.

Moore was a longtime nurse for the Veterans Administration.

So Williams, who also has a medical background from his time in the U.S. Navy, decided a health-related event seemed a natural avenue.

That served as the driving force behind Williams creating the 1st Annual Minority Health Fair scheduled for 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Owensboro Convention Center. His Williams Hauling LLC is the presenting sponsor.

“It’s open to everyone,” Williams said. “I put the minority (in the name) because they need the help the most, and maybe they don’t feel comfortable coming to some things, so I made it comfortable for them so they would come. But it’s definitely open to everyone.”

The aim of the event is to encourage healthy lifestyles, discuss disease prevention and management, and connect attendees with a wealth of health-related resources.

Several tests will be offered, including for blood glucose levels, blood pressure and body mass. Matthew 25 will be offering HIV and Hepatitis C testing.

There will also be several vendors offering information on an array of programs and treatments, including mental health services offered by RiverValley Behavioral Health.

“(People from the VA) will specifically give things to veterans so they realize what services are available to them,” Williams said.

Cha-pel Dulin will lead a yoga class at 1 p.m. that’s open to the public. A kids dance team from Evansville will perform routines at 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m.

There will also be a demonstration of drinks that can be made with fruits, with information available about the benefits of a diet that includes fruit.

Dr. James Williams, a local dentist, will be giving out information on oral hygiene, as well as free toothbrushes. Barber Michael Dulin will be offering free hair cuts.

Oliver Williams said in addition to honoring his mother, he thought the timing of the event as a lead-in to Juneteenth would be a good fit.

“With Juneteenth coming up, I thought starting (June) off with health would be very important,” he said.

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