Manvel, TX, November 5 2012 – The second annual “Life and Soul” Health Fair, conducted by Love to Share Foundation provided free health screenings to well over a hundred participants on Saturday, Nov 3rd at New Life Plaza located in Manvel, TX.
Organized in a spirit of service to the community, the health fair brought together several like-minded health service organizations and attracted attendees from several cities in the Greater Houston area including Houston, Manvel, Pearland, Alvin, the Brazosport area, Sugar Land, and even as far as The Woodlands.
Honorable Mayor Delores Martin of Manvel city kicked off the event with a few touching words that expressed her gratitude to the organizers. Several health professionals were on hand to perform numerous tests including Blood Glucose, Blood Pressure and Hemoglobin A1C (sponsored by HEB Plus), Complete Lipid Panel (Kroger Super Store), Body Mass Index and Blood Pressure (My Nurse Home Care), Bone Density (Walgreens), Pulmonary Function, Stroke and Peripheral Arterial Disease Screening (Alvin Community College), Vision screening (Dr. Seema Nanda and Texas Eye Institute), Diabetes Education (Dr. Lakshmi Seshadri and a Certified Diabetes Educator Ms. Heather Kleindez of Sanofi Aventis).
Physicians who were available onsite for consultation included Gastroenterologists Dr. Jyoti Rao and Dr. Satish Iduru, Hematologist and Oncologist Dr. Dhatri Kodali, Rheumatologist Dr. Hema Salvady, Infectious Disease specialist Dr. Sweeya Ramireddy, an Anesthesiologist Dr. Shakuntala Shetty, and Family Practitioner Dr. Lekshmi Nair.
Apart from the health screenings, St. Luke’s Hospital conducted a blood donation drive, free State-sponsored flu shots were given away to kids without insurance, free helmets sponsored by Texas Medical Association were also given away to kids, free Zumba fitness tryouts were provided by Ms. Aracelli Martinez and her team.
Michelle Pesina of Sai Primary Care was named the “Life and Soul Champion” volunteer of the event. Several student volunteers were also available to help with running the event from Health Occupation Students of America group of Milby High School, DeBakey High School, Manvel High School and University of Houston. Several local businesses and restaurants including Shipley’s Donuts, Johnny Carino’s and Pearland MRI sponsored breakfast and lunch for all the volunteers, vendors and physicians, while Sam’s Club, HEB and Kroger sponsored water, juice and snacks for the participants.
Other event sponsors included Joseph and Janis Schneider, Amed Home Health, Geografx, Sleep Center of Kirby, Best Coupons and Spine and OsteoArthritis Center of Texas. Participants also won door prizes for free X-rays, free 30-day passes to the 24 hour Fitness Center, dinner and appetizer coupons, etc. during lucky draws that took place every hour.
Next year’s “Life and Soul” Health Fair will be held around the same time of the year, during October-November, 2013.