The health fairs are part of the national week-long celebration of Cover the Uninsured Week, being observed May 1-7 statewide.
More than a 1.5 million Georgians are uninsured or underinsured and over the week-long observations, more than 30 activities — health fairs, forums, and information and enrollment tables — are planned across the state to provide Georgia's citizens with the opportunity to find out about low-cost and cost-free health care coverage options.
The activities are sponsored by the Georgia Department of Human Resources (DHR) in association with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to highlight the plight of Georgia's uninsured children and adults and to encourage dialogue and solutions for those who lack health insurance.
Kym Crooms, coordinator of Georgia Cover the Uninsured Week, says they are urging everyone, regardless of whether they have a health problem or not, to support these events.
"Take a loved one to a health fair," Crooms said. "Getting, having and keeping good health is a goal for everyone."
The May 6 Fit For Life Fair, will be 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Douglass High School in Atlanta.
Guest speakers include Bariatric Surgeon and Fox 5 News medical expert Titus Duncan, Dr. Steven Patten of Perimeter Medical Associates in Tucker, Dr. William Cooper of Emory Healthcare, Dr. William Alexander of the Morehouse School of Medicine, and Linda Boyd of Georgia Healthy Families. They will speak on subjects ranging from childhood obesity, healthy lifestyles, diabetes and changes in Medicaid and Peachcare for Kids.
The event will also provide students and area communities with the opportunity to gear up for summer fun through fitness, health screenings, sports and wellness education.
Also on May 6, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., a health fair at the Adamsville Parks and Recreation Center will offer free health screenings for adults and children, and sign ups for Medicaid and PeachCare for Kid. The free screenings for blood pressure, hearing, osteoporosis, and HIV/AIDs will be provided by St. Joseph's Mercy Care Hospital. To focus attention on childhood obesity, kids will be able to join an exhibition basketball game coached by professional Atlanta athletes. Adamsville Park is at 3201 Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive in Atlanta.
On May 1 and 3, small business owners can find out about types of health coverage and cost effective options to traditional health insurance that are available to them and their employees. The seminars, sponsored by Care Entr