City of Miami Gardens Takes Active Lead for Employee and Resident Health and Wellness in Advance of President Obama’s Affordable Care Act

Strong and healthy employees and residents make for a strong and healthy city. Wednesday, September 18, 2013 from 8:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., the City of Miami Gardens Human Resources Department sponsored the 4th Annual Employee Health Fair, at the Betty T. Ferguson Recreational Complex.

With an increased awareness of the link between proper health and nutrition and medical care and costs, the City of Miami Gardens is taking a forward-moving stance on the issue of personal health care as the nation awaits changes in health care options as a result of President Obama’s Affordable Care Act.

Garnering overwhelming support and interest in years past, the Annual Employee Health Fair offered employees a host of cutting- edge medical screenings. According to the American Heart Association, cardiovascular disease take the lives of more than 2,150 Americans each day, an average of one death every 40 seconds and stroke is the leading cause of disability.The City of Miami Gardens recognizes these health threats and is helping employees to make heart-healthy choices.

During this year’s Employee Health Fair, participants had access to a number of health screening choices, including a carotid artery screening; a potentially lifesaving serviceDuring the Health Fair, employees could undergo on-site screening and receive immediate results of the testing.

The City of Miami Gardens is also partnered with community organizations to present the Get Hip and Fit Fair, Saturday, September 21, 2013, also at the Betty T. Ferguson Recreational Complex.

Recognizing the need to enhance health education, City of Miami Gardens Vice Mayor Lisa Davis teamed up with community-based Seeking Education Empowers Knowledge, Inc. (SEEK, Inc.) to host the free event which focused on preventative health care and fitness for children and teens. Participants also had access to health screenings such as blood pressure and STD-HIV and wellness activities such as fitness and healthy cooking demonstrations.

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