For Immediate Release
September 17, 2013
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Bernadette Morris
Sonshine Communications
T: (305) 948-8063

(BPRW) City of Miami Gardens Takes Active Lead for Employee and Resident Health and Wellness in Advance of President Obama's Affordable Care Act

(BLACK PR WIRE) – City of Miami Gardens, FL -- Strong and healthy employees and residents make for a strong and healthy city. Wednesday, September 18, 2013 from 8:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., the City of Miami Gardens Human Resources Department will present the 4th Annual Employee Health Fair, at the Betty T. Ferguson Recreational Complex, 3000 NW 199th Street, Miami Gardens, FL 33056.

With an increased awareness of the link between proper health and nutrition and medical care and costs, the City of Miami Gardens is taking a forward-moving stance on the issue of personal health care as the nation awaits changes in health care options as a result of President Obama’s Affordable Care Act.

Garnering overwhelming support and interest in years past, the Annual Employee Health Fair offers employees a host of cutting-edge medical screenings. According to the American Heart Association, cardiovascular disease take the lives of more than 2,150 Americans each day, an average of one death every 40 seconds and stroke is the leading cause of disability. The City of Miami Gardens recognizes these health threats and is helping employees to make heart-healthy choices.

During this year’s Employee Health Fair, participants will have access to a number of health screening choices, including a carotid artery screening; a potentially life-saving service. During the Health Fair, employees will be able to undergo on-site screening and receive immediate results of the testing.

In keeping with a health and wellness focus, City of Miami Gardens will provide a nutritious breakfast or lunch for participants.

The City of Miami Gardens is also partnering with community organizations to present the Get Hip and Fit Fair, Saturday, September 21, 2013 from 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. at the Betty T. Ferguson Recreational Complex.

Recognizing the need to enhance health education, City of Miami Gardens Vice Mayor Lisa Davis is teaming up with community-based Seeking Education Empowers Knowledge, Inc. (SEEK, Inc.) to host the free event which will focus on preventative health care and fitness for children and teens. Participants will also have access to health screenings such as blood pressure and STD-HIV and wellness activities such as fitness and healthy cooking demonstrations.

For more information on the Get Hip and Fit Fair, contact Carthy Thomas at (305) 302-2310 or Anike Sakariyawo at (305) 639-0142.

To request interviews with City of Miami Gardens Officials and for more information on the Employee Health Fair, contact City of Miami Gardens Events & Media, Julia Yarbough at