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NATIONAL HEALTH CENTER WEEK WRAPS UP

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LUTHERAN'S NATIONAL HEALTH CENTER WEEK WRAPS UP AFTER SIX SUCCESSFUL HEALTH EDUCATION EVENTS
3,000 community members are screened and learn healthy living tips

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August 22, 2008, Brooklyn, New York…Lutheran's celebration of National Health Center Week (August 12 - 16) provided communities with six separate health education events. Lutheran Family Health Centers held free screenings and offered health information, underscoring the vital role of our nation's community health center networks and building awareness for prevention and early detection. National Health Center Week coincided with Lutheran's own Internal Wellness campaign, where staff is encouraged to follow steps toward healthy living.

Approximately 3,000 community members attended the events and participated in free glucose, glaucoma, blood pressure and other screenings. Rapid HIV testing and counseling were also provided, as well as detailed information on Health Plus managed care programs. A kick-off event on August 13, at the Sunset Park Family Health Center featured N.Y.C. Health Commissioner Thomas R. Frieden, M.D. Commissioner Frieden discussed how together, the City and Lutheran are helping to build awareness for early detection, prevention and "healthier" decisions.

A special pre kick-off celebration took place on Tuesday, August 12, at Shore Hill Housing, sponsored by the Shore Road and Bay Ridge Family Health Centers. The Shore Hill Chinese Choir performed and Councilman Vincent Gentile as well as Congressman Michael E. McMahon attended. Community members received blood pressure and cholesterol screenings.

On August 14, the Family Physician Family Health Center and the Brooklyn-Chinese Family Health Center recognized National Health Center Week with glaucoma screenings, information on WIC, breast self-exam training and Health Plus information. Special guests from the NYPD and FDNY were present.

N.Y.S. Assemblyman Felix Ortiz took part in the community events on August 15, at the Sunset Terrace Family Health Center, where attendees were offered free rapid HIV testing and counseling.

The Park Slope Family Heath Center celebrated on August 15 and provided blood pressure screenings, refreshments and healthy snacks. N.Y.S. Senator Velmanette Montgomery attended.

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