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Seventh Annual Community Block Party and Health Fair Promotes Fit Families

Research Medical Center March 18, 2013

For the seventh consecutive year Research Medical Center—part of HCA Midwest Health System, Kansas City’s largest healthcare network and private sector employer—will sponsor the annual Community Block Party and Health Fair. Hosted by The Research Foundation, this event is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 27, 2013, at 2316 E. Meyer Blvd. in Kansas City, Missouri.

“The 7th Annual Community Block Party and Health Fair promotes health and wellness in a family-friendly environment,” says Cynthia Randazzo, president of The Research Foundation. “The Research Foundation is committed to strengthening the community and empowering people to live healthier, productive lives. This event provides an opportunity for residents of the urban core of Kansas City and throughout the metropolitan area to learn about taking responsibility for their health.”

Research Medical Center invites its neighbors to attend this event that hosts 90 health-related organizations in addition to free health screenings offered by community organizations including blood glucose, body mass index, dental, foot, HIV and posture health. Research Medical Center will offer free blood pressure checks.

Local celebrity chef Jasper Mirabile, Jr. will give healthy cooking demonstrations at 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. Event attendees can also participate in the half-mile or one-mile “Fun Walk.” The first 25 walkers will receive an insulated tumbler, one-day free gym pass to the Brookside Health Pavilion and Outpatient Therapy and a free healthy-eating cookbook.

First Call Alcohol/Drug Prevention and Recovery will participate in National Take Back Day throughout the Community Block Party and Health Fair, allowing attendees to turn in unused or expired medication for safe disposal.

A children’s activity area will be sponsored by the Research College of Nursing and the mascot of the Renegades, Kansas City’s indoor football team, will attend. The first 250 children will receive free bicycle helmets from the Brain Injury Association of Kansas and Greater Kansas City and the Kansas City Public Library will distribute free books. The children’s activity area will also feature carnival games, moonwalk, and face painting.

The KCMO Fire Department fire engine will be at the event as well as the BEARCAT Tactical Unit from the KCMO Police Department, the Seatbelt Convincer from Missouri State Highway Patrol, and Pink Heals Pink Fire Truck for cancer awareness and survivorship will be at the event throughout the day.

“Research Medical Center is committed to healthy living. The annual Community Block Party and Health Fair is a fun opportunity to provide families with useful information to achieve and maintain a healthy lifestyle,” says Kevin J. Hicks, chief executive officer of Research Medical Center. “The event showcases our dedication in supplying the community with an exceptional level of care.”

Additional sponsors of the 7th Annual Community Block Party and Health Fair include the Harmon Diabetes Center and the Neighborhood Tourist Development Fund.

For more information, call (816) 276-4218 or visit theresearchfoundationkc.org.

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