The New Tri-State Defender and the Orange Mound Community will be in full-collaboration mode on Saturday – and it's all about good health.
Following two years of taking its annual Let's Move Memphis Summer Health Fair and Family Fun Day to other parts of Greater Memphis, the TSD returns to The Mound. The 2013 event is set for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Orange Mound Community Center, 2572 Park Ave.
Five years old, the TSD Health Fair and Family Fun Day was launched in Orange Mound. Last year, it was held at Douglas High School after being hosted at Manassas High School in 2011. Every year, the common denominator is health information and screenings in a fun interactive environment.
"It will be a day of food, fun and family with a focus on good health," said TSD President and Publisher, Bernal E. Smith II. "There will be special booths for free screenings – blood pressure, diabetes, heart, dental, glaucoma, home safety, etc. – along with free follow-up appointments where necessary."
The entire Memphis community is invited out to take advantage of the available resources. This year's major sponsors are Methodist Healthcare and Cigna.
Live entertainment will be provided, along with games and activities for children and adults. And yes, there will be bouncers and water slides for youngsters, in addition to face painting, various snacks and giveaways.
Exercise and dance demonstrations and lessons will help accent the day. Groups interested in performing on the main stage should contact event coordinator Nina Johnson at 901-679-8545. She's also the contact person for volunteers, which still are needed.
Some 600 adults and children attended last year's Summer Health Fair.