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It’s time for the annual INShape Indiana Black and Minority Health Fair, which takes place from Thursday, July 16 to Sunday, July 19 at the Indiana Convention Center, Hall F, in downtown Indianapolis.

 One of the largest events of its kind, the INShape Indiana Black and Minority Health serves more than 20,000 people each year. Now in its 30th year, this year’s theme is “30 Years of Building Healthy People.”

 “For 30 years, the Health Fair has been providing screenings, education and resources to help attendees attain, maintain and live a healthier lifestyle,” said State Health Commissioner Jerome Adams, M.D., M.P.H.

 Attendees will receive more than $1,500 worth of free health screenings, health education and health resources. These include blood pressure, glucose, A1C, full lipid panel, creatinine (kidney function), HIV testing, body mass index, foot screening, vision screening, addiction, joint assessment, clinical breast exams and dental screening to name a few.

 The Health Fair’s opening ceremony is Thursday, July 16 at 3 p.m. All are welcome to attend. Dr. Adams will be giving key remarks, along with the Indy Eleven players. Special guests to the health fair include retired NBA star Dominique Wilkins and the Food Network’s Chef Curtis Aikens. There will be cooking demonstrations from Georgia Reese’s Restaurant, the American Heart Association and Meijer’s. In addition, there will also be a healthy activity area which will be surrounded by an indoor walking track. You definitely don’t want to miss this great banner year event.

 The Health Fair is free to attend on July 16, 2015, opening night. During this preview night the INShape Indiana Black & Minority Health Fair will accommodate seniors and people with disabilities by offering free transportation to and from the Convention Center, provided by the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration. Admission to the Health Fair is free on Thursday and Sunday only. On Friday and Saturday it is included with the cost of the Indiana Black Expo Summer Celebration admission.

 Visitors will be able to participate in healthy activities such as fitness-oriented activities, education sessions, dancing, health education and much more.

 The event is sponsored by the Indiana State Department of Health with support from Community Health Network, WISH-TV, Eli Lilly and other valued sponsors. For a complete list of sponsors, visit the Office of Minority Health’s website at www.in.gov/isdh/23551.htm.

 Health Fair hours are as follows:

  • Thursday, July 16, 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Friday, July 17, 1p.m. – 7 p.m.
  •  Saturday, July 18, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Sunday, July 19, 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.

 For more information about the 2015 INShape Indiana Black and Minority Health Fair, visit statehealth.in.gov, follow the Indiana State Department of Health on Twitter at @StateHealthIN or the Office of Minority Health at @INMinorityHthand on Facebook at www.facebook.com/isdh1.

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