“Health empowerment starts with effective education,” stated Laila Muhammad. “People want to be able to take care of themselves. They just need the tools to do so,” she added. This past Sunday Zakat Foundation of America Community Center–Chicago (ZFCCC) hosted its second community health fair. Laughter, humor and stress reduction were discussed at ZFCCC. Doctors, nurses, and medical students volunteered their time to educate the community about stress related illnesses and the importance of incorporating laughter into your life.
The ZF social service team planned this event with the intent of reaching out to those who are underinsured or lack healthcare coverage all together. Since ZFCCC opened its doors people have been inquiring about services, in particular that of health services.
Several nurses performed blood pressure and glucose screenings. Results were written on pre-printed cards so participants could take them home. The reverse side showed normal results. Workshops included tips on how to manage ones stress and signs and symptoms of major stress related illnesses. University of Illinois – Chicago (UIC) medical students took part in educating the participants.
Along with medical diagnostic screenings ZFCCC also offered psychological testing. In a time where psychological testing is often neglected ZFCCC saw this as an opportunity to aid those in need. Healthy and light refreshments were served. This is one of several fairs that ZF intends on hosting in the Chicago-land region. ZF remains committed to reducing health disparities in underserved communities.
Upcoming Events at ZFCCC
- Saturday 5/4/2013 Service Learning Community Gardens with DePaul University
- Saturday 5/11/2013 Spring Refresh: Honoring our Mothers