All participants received preliminary physical examinations and had their blood pressure, blood sugar level and body mass index measured. “The dangers of undetected high blood pressure can be fatal,” said Dr. Nikhil Joshi, a healthcare physician who volunteered at the fair. “In the spirit of the saying, ‘an ounce of prevention is worth more than a pound of cure’, BAPS Charities is educating individuals about potential risk factors and prevention methods to improve their quality of life.” In addition to the check-ups and consultations for adults, special sessions for children were held with local pediatricians, nutritionists, dentists, and nurses to teach them about proper hygiene and healthy living habits. “Members of the local community including the Irving Police and Fire departments dedicated their time and resources toward making this event a success; we truly appreciate their help,” said Meera Patel, a BAPS Charities’ volunteer.
BAPS Charities aims to create a new culture of preventative health care among South Asians and the greater community through interactive health fairs and educational seminars, which supplement government healthcare programs by raising awareness and providing information about alternative healthcare options. “These types of health fairs are very much needed and bring various specialists under one roof to provide a one stop shop for preliminary medical screening,” said Chris Wallace, President and CEO of the Greater Irving-Las Colinas Chamber of Commerce.
This year the chief guest was Raji Kumar, CEO of Dallas Medical Center. Additional guests included Cindy Schamp, President of Baylor Medical Center at Irving, Larry Boyd, Police Chief of the City of Irving, and Rose Cannaday, Irving City Council.
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