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For Immediate Release: Contact:
Sunday May 20, 1990 Corey Bearak
(718) 343-6779


On Sunday, May 20, 1990, the Northeast Queens Jewish Community Council and the Health and Physical Education Department of the Samuel Field YM&YWHA co-sponsored a Health Expo and Blood Drive which was free and open to the community. Many prestigious institutions donated their time, equipment and medical personnel to make this day a huge success. In excess of 150 men, women and children participated in this Health Expo devoted to preventive health screening and the positive feedback was overwhelming.

The following are some statistics that give an indication of how truly successful this Sunday was:
1) The Guttman Breast Diagnostic Institute's mobile mammography van examined 46 women.
2) The Lexington Hearing and speech Center van tested the hearing of 48 people.
Booth Memorial Medical Center sent a doctor to do vision acuity screening.
3) 16 young people had blood drawn to see if they were carriers of Tay Sachs Disease. This test was done by a doctor and a genetic counselor from the National Tay Sachs and Allied Disease Association and was analyzed by Kingsbrook Medical Center.
4) 100 people volunteered to donate blood and 40 pints were actually collected.
5) With personnel from Long Island Jewish Medical Center, 56 people had their pressure checked and were weighed and measured.
6) 15 children were screened for speech and language development by personnel from Adelphi University.
7) Deepdale General Hospital screened for cholesterol levels, tested for peripheral arterial disease and gave nutritional counseling.
8) The Queens County Dental Society checked for oral cancer.

This was the second year that this event was held, and, it appears as word of the quality and variety of our Health Expo spreads, an increasing number of community residents avail themselves of the opportunity to participate in diagnostic screening.
[The 1991 Health Expo will take place on Sunday, June 9, 1991]



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