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15th Annual MLK Health Fair

Gadsden State will host the fifteenth annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Initiative Health Fair on Monday, January 21. The event will be held in the auditorium of the administration building on the East Broad Campus, from 8 a.m. until noon.

The Health Fair will offer free tests for eyesight and blood pressure.  There will be information available concerning senior health, family success, health awareness, home health, diabetes, and HIV, to name a few.  Students from Gadsden State’s Therapeutic Massage Department will participate in the fair again this year and offer free massages. First time participants in the health fair this year will be volunteers from RSVP.  These volunteers will be present to assist seniors in filing federal and state tax returns for 2012.

“The event started when we received a grant for a day of service, and it took on a life of its own. It was so well-received in the community that we kept it going,” said Sharon McGruder, Upward Bound program director at Gadsden State’s Ayers Campus. “Last year over 200 people took advantage of the services offered.”

The Health Fair is done in collaboration with dozens of vendors and health agencies. This year’s special partner is the Lambda Eta Omega Chapter of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority. These ladies will be the official hostesses, and will facilitate registration and door prizes during the event. For more information contact Sharon McGruder at 256-835-5461 or

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