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FERNDALE – On Saturday, April 16, Affirmations Lesbian and Gay Community Center in downtown Ferndale will offer its third annual Health Fair. The region-wide event, sponsored by Project Healthy Living, will give participants the opportunity to receive an array of free or very low cost health services and screening tests. The free event runs from 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. and is open to the public.
Representatives from TransGender Michigan, Gilda’s Club, YWCA Interim House, Komen Detroit Race for the Cure and others will present.
“What a great way to share community resources, take care of yourself, and have fun,” said Kim Roth, a member of Affirmations’ Health Fair Committee. In addition to the basic health screening tests, the committee has planned for depression screening, transgender health experts, hands-on chiropractic demonstrations, and free mini-classes on yoga, karate, self-defense, and Qi Gong. The group has also planned refreshments and a raffle.
Although over 75 local sites will participate in Project Healthy Living, Affirmations is the only site targeting the LGBT community.
“As a community, we don’t always do a great job of getting to the doctor, often because we don’t feel safe or comfortable being out to our health care providers,” said Affirmations Health Services Coordinator Deirdre Shires. “The health fair at Affirmations provides an opportunity to get health information that is relevant to issues facing lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals in a safe, supportive space.”