A free health care fair will be held Saturday, Oct. 13 in Nashville to help residents connect with local health care providers.
Healthy Tennessee, a non-profit organization founded by Vanderbilt University Medical Center trauma surgeon Dr. Manny Sethi, is providing the fair from 10 a..m to 1 p.m. at the Jackson Street Church of Christ at 1408 Jackson Street in Nashville. United Healthcare and Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee are also sponsoring the health fair.
Sethi said, “We’ve had very successful health fairs in Nashville previously, such as the one on Jefferson Street in 2016. We look forward to partnering with great groups such as the Jackson Street Church of Christ to bring the very best health care providers and options to our fellow Nashvillians.”
Dozens of physicians, nurses and healthy lifestyle companies will provide free health screenings, educational conversations with doctors, free health-related products and tools for local residents to lead better, healthier lives.
Free booth spaces are still available to local health-focused organizations and companies that want to reach out to attendees.
Some of the featured offerings include:
- Health care providers
- Drawings /giveaways
- Food distribution
- Opioid drug take-back
- Free health screenings for all ages
- Blood pressure screening
- Height/weight screening
- Glucose screenings
- Well child checks
- Bone/soft tissue injuries, retinal eye screenings and allergy screenings
Sethi and his wife Maya founded Healthy Tennessee in 2011 and are implementing a plan to help make Tennessee an even better place to live, according to the organization’s website. Over the last seven years the organization has traveled across the state, one community at a time, hosting preventative health screening events and statewide health symposiums in partnership with other organizations and local officials in order to enhance awareness and promote a healthier Tennessee.
During the past decade, Tennessee has found itself ranking in the bottom third of all states in terms of the health of citizens. Recent statistics show that 13 percent of adults have diabetes, 34 percent are obese and almost 39 percent of have high blood pressure.