ELKVILLE, Ill.— The Healthy Southern Illinois Delta Network (HSIDN) Diabetes Today Resource Team (DTRT) is teaming up with the University of Illinois Extension to provide a Family Health Fair and free health screenings at the Elkville First Baptist Church Mobile Food Market on Monday, June 24, 2019 from 8:30-11:00 a.m. The St. Louis Area Foodbank delivery truck typically arrives around 10:30 a.m. and food distribution starts shortly after. This event is a great opportunity to reach participants where they are in their own communities as they arrive and line up early for food distribution.    

Through this free community event, DTRT hopes to help individuals assess their health risks and gain information on how to improve their health. They will provide education and screenings for diabetes, heart disease, stroke and other preventable chronic diseases. There will also be additional community services available to provide information on getting health insurance, finding a healthcare provider and/or learning more about exercise, healthy eating, tobacco cessation, mental health and more. The Health Fair will be open to the public and University of Illinois Extension staff will also be on hand to provide activity stations and programming for kids to promote healthy food choices and active lifestyles to positively impact the families and communities we serve.

“By partnering with health and community service providers, we are not only able to provide food to those with limited resources – we are also able to provide health screenings, link families to healthcare providers, and promote wellness throughout the community, “says Toni Kay Wright, SNAP-Ed Educator with University of Illinois Extension.

University of Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment. If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in programming, contact your local registration office. Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time for meeting your needs.

News writer: Heather Willis, 618-357-2126, hdwillis@illinois.edu