The Chi Nu Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. has announced plans for a community health fair.

By Jamal Brown
jbrown@siftingsherald.com

The Chi Nu Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. has announced plans for a community health fair.
The Arkadelphia Community Health Fair and Child Health and Safety Initiative: Promoting and Preserving Our Future will be held Saturday, Sept. 8, noon-4 p.m. at the Community Enrichment Center located at 301 N. 23rd.
According to Carmen Irby, the purpose of the event is to provide family fun and community fellowship while learning about the importance of children's health.
"This event will partner with area local community service and Greek organizations, state, local and county law public service workers," said Irby.
Families will have an opportunity to meet law enforcement personnel and tour their vehicles while children and parents will have an opportunity to meet local firemen and tour a fire truck.
The Arkansas Children's Hospital's Fire Safety House will be on hand to educate families on the importance of developing a fire safety plan for their home.
In addition, the Electrical Co-op will present a magician with an act centered on safety.
Information on ATV safety, car seat safety and burn prevention will be provided by the ACH Injury Prevention Program.
The Arkadelphia Parks and Recreation Department will have a variety of events available for families.
Irby said there will be groups with health information, vision screenings, dental screenings, child identification, asthma awareness and much, much more. The American Red Cross will be available to receive blood donations.
Baptist Health of Arkadelphia will provide blood pressure, glucose and cholesterol screenings.
"Not only will there be health information for the children, but men can have a prostate screening, women can receive breast cancer education and female veterans can receive information provided by a representation for Veterans Administration," Irby said.
According to Irby, the event is targeted for residents in Clark, Garland and Hot Springs counties.
Hot dogs, chips and cokes will be available for $1 each. Other food items will also available.
Several of the area local community and Greek organizations will play a huge part in partnering at this event through volunteer service.
For more information about the event contact Irby at 870-403-8490 or carmenirby@sbcglobal.net.