Annual Rock the Block to Pump Up the Volume on Health Education and Screenings Downtown

Student nurses screen community for health problems

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Friday, March 16, 2012

Local residents will have access to free health education and screenings at the Fourth Annual Rock the Block community health fair 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Saturday March 31, at the New Hanover Community Health Center, 925 North 4th St. This event will include free live music, food and activities for children. More than 500 people are expected to attend.                                                                                        

Students from the University of North Carolina Wilmington's College of Health and Human Services will be applying their healthcare knowledge as volunteers at this health education outreach and community block party. The event will focus on increasing awareness of the leading causes of death: cancer, heart disease, cerebrovascular disease and their contributing factors.

Smoking cessation activities; body mass index assessments; blood pressure, blood glucose and cholesterol screenings; HIV testing and other free services are planned.

Community health and wellness organizations are invited to participate and distribute information about their programs and services. Local musicians, poets, drill teams, choirs, dancers and other performers are invited to showcase their talents.

The New Hanover Community Health Center's mission is to foster healthy communities by promoting health education and healthy lifestyles through wellness and prevention programs. For more information about the event, contact Althea Johnson at 910.202.8623.

Rock the Block is financially supported by PPD. Additional event sponsors include the UNC Wilmington College of Health and Human Services, Wilmington Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and the Wilmington Chapter of The Links, Inc., New Hanover County Health Department, New Hanover Regional Medical Center, and General Electric.

Media Contacts:
New Hanover Community Health Center: Althea Johnson, Deputy Director, 910.202.8623
UNCW: Joy Davis, Marketing and Communications, 910.632.3903 or