Gregory J. Nickels, Mayor
Timothy Gallagher, Superintendent
For immediate release
Contact: Dewey Potter, 206-684-7241
"We're hoping for good turnouts at these health fairs," said Parks and Recreation Superintendent Tim Gallagher. "Given the disparities in the delivery of health care to communities of color, we are following the lead of the Comprehensive Health Education Foundation (
Southeast and southwest Seattle have the largest concentrations of African-American, Asian, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander, and Hispanic population in the city, though some populations are growing in north Seattle.
At the free fairs, Parks will bring together vendors and organizations who will provide blood pressure checks, healthy snacks, emergency preparedness information, nutrition information, diabetes information and glucose checks, out-of-school time programs, bicycle repair and restoration, information on where to get a bicycle helmet, information about affordable health insurance, entertainment, prizes, and information about all the classes and activities Parks offers all over the city.
The fairs are an element of "Healthy Parks, Healthy You," an initiative of
This fall, Parks will also offer "Try it for $2," a long list of opportunities for people to try out classes offered at community centers and other facilities for just $2 per activity. People can explore all the activities they are interested in-and may find one they want to continue. Registration is available at the facilities at the dates and times they are offered. For more information, please see http://www.seattle.gov/PARKS/healthyparks/.