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2002 News from Mecklenburg County

April 19, 2002

‘FIGHTING BACK’ HEALTH FAIR, OPEN HOUSE
AND FARMERS’ MARKET SET FOR THIS SATURDAY

  Charlotte, NC – The Mecklenburg County Health Department’s northwest campus at 2845 Beatties Ford Road is host to three big events Saturday aimed at reducing the demand for alcohol and drugs and encouraging healthy lifestyles.  Neighbors can take advantage of free health screenings, purchase farm-fresh fruits and vegetables and tour the Health Department’s newly-renovated “Fighting Back” facility. 

Saturday’s “Fighting Back” Health Fair runs from 10:00am – 4:00pm Saturday, April 20, and includes free health screenings for blood pressure and cholesterol levels, mammograms, child immunizations and confidential HIV/AIDS counseling and testing. The Health fair will feature an array of entertainment from African dancers and drummers to gospel, jazz, pop and rhythm and blues acts.  There will be plenty of carnival games, food and prizes for kids and adults. 

The newly-renovated offices for the Health Department’s “Fighting Back” program will also be dedicated Saturday.  H. Parks Helms, Chairman of the Mecklenburg County Board of Commissioners, District 2 Commissioner Norman A. Mitchell, Health Director Peter Safir, “Fighting Back” Program Director Hattie Anthony and other neighborhood and community leaders will attend a 10:00am ceremonial ribbon-cutting at the “Fighting Back” facility located directly behind the Health Department’s northwest campus at 2845 Beatties Ford Road. 

The Mecklenburg County Fighting Back Program is a community-based initiative to prevent and/or reduce substance abuse through community mobilization, substance abuse prevention and education training, providing technical assistance to neighborhoods and youth leadership development. 

The Neighborhood Farmers’ Market opens at 7:00am Saturday, and will be open every Saturday through October.  This is the second season for the Neighborhood Farmers’ Market, which provides free space for local vendors, while giving neighbors greater access to fresh fruits and vegetables and information about healthy diet and lifestyle choices.



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