Health Dept Reinvents PHAT Tuesday
2013-02-07 · By Editor
Obesity, diabetes and heart disease are all preventable conditions, tied to good nutrition and exercise. With these conditions at record levels nationally, the Long Beach Health Department will be hosting a series of free special health screening events to assist residents in their quest toward improved health.
“I encourage Long Beach residents to take action to improve their health through exercise and eating right,” said Mayor Bob Foster. “This is a great free event that will educate people on resources and ways to improve your health.”
The Community is invited to attend the Health Department’s Public Health Access and Treatment “(PHAT) Tuesday” on Tuesday, February 12, from 9 am to noon and from 1 pm to 4 pm at the Health Department, located at 2525 Grand Avenue, Long Beach 90815. Services include hypertension, cholesterol, diabetes screening, as well as services such as HIV testing and health insurance enrollment services.
“Supporting local residents in accessing these type of screening services, as well as getting enrolled in health care programs, is a core function of public health,” says Dr. Mitchell Kushner, City Health Officer. “Preventing illness and injury is a key component of our work, and this type of health screening is usually the first step to assist individuals to step onto the path of wellness.”
Fat Tuesday is traditionally a day of celebration at Mardi Gras. The Health Department encourages residents to re-make Fat Tuesday into PHAT Tuesday and dedicating their celebration to a commitment to personal health. Future health screening dates will be determined in coming months.
For more information about PHAT Tuesday, feel free to call 562.570.4014 or log onto www.longbeach.gov/health.