BAPS hosts Health Fair in Chino Hills

CHINO HILLS, CA: One in every three Americans is obese. This staggering statistic is a threat to the health and wellness of communities across the nation. Obesity-related conditions include heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer. Together, these conditions are some of the leading causes of preventable death. Early detection is key to leading a long, healthy life.

This year, in an effort to raise awareness and screen for potentially life changing conditions, BAPS Charities hosted over 40 health fairs in cities across North America. The health fairs bring together community members and healthcare professionals to provide individualized care and raise awareness on prevailing health and wellness issues.

On Sunday, September 14, BAPS Charities hosted its 7th annual health fair at the BAPS Swaminarayan Mandir in Chino Hills, CA. The Health Fair saw volunteer participation from medical professionals, including pharmacists, dentists, nurses, physicians, and specialists in the fields of internal medicine, pediatrics, cardiology, oncology, ophthalmology, gastrointestinal disorders, pulmonary, orthopedics, podiatry, otolaryngology, allergy, nephrology, nutrition, chiropracty, physical therapy, occupational therapy, Ayurveda, and psychiatry. Among the health screenings available were bone density screening, body fat analysis, anemia screening, diabetes screening, urine screen, oral cancer screening, and EKG testing.

Additionally, Lion Clubs of Southern California provided free glaucoma and vision screenings for patients. These professionals provided individual consultations to the over 315 patients who attended and benefited from this event.

Since early detectioImage00002n is the key for the prevention of certain diseases such as obesity and cancer, the health care professionals provided customized seminars and consultations to address the needs of all participants. Physicians and healthcare professionals alike reviewed participant’s blood panels and previous medical history to provide personalized guidance.

Additionally, a seminar was provided by industry professionals, during the fair, on implementing healthy eating habits to help prevent obesity-related conditions.

The event promoted the collaboration of BAPS Charities and community partners. LifeStream, a blood bank for San Bernardino and Riverside counties, hosted a blood drive in which local community members donated over 65 pints of blood. In addition, Be The Match, a national bone marrow donor program, registered approximately 25 potential donors.

Among the dignitaries present were California State Assemblyman of District 55 Curt Hagman, Mayor of Chino Hills Ed Graham, Vice Mayor Cynthia Moran, and City Council Member Peter Rogers. Mayor Ed Graham stated, “We are so fortunate to have BAPS [Charities] here in our community. This is probably my fifth health fair that I have attended. Always by far it is so organized and looks to be so beneficial for our community.”

State Assemblyman Curt Hagman added, “Working with groups like BAPS [Charities] here in the community to get information out is important to us. I thank them for doing all this community work to make Chino Hills a good community to live, work, and play in and call home.”

Dr. Hemesh Patel volunteered time to provide consultations at the health fair. Dr. Patel is committed to raising awareness about obesity and heart disease in addition to providing treatment of cardiovascular disease. “This event gave me the opportunity to give back and do what I enjoy the most – provide care for others to help them lead healthier lives! This is a great event for both physician and participants.”
Physicians and healthcare professionals that volunteered their time at the Health Fair came from a diverse set of local hospitals and private practices. “I was very much impressed with the turnout and the professionalism of all of the volunteers in putting together such a great community event,” said Dr. Uday Shah. “I will definitely be back next year!”

BAPS Charities hosts a variety of health initiatives throughout the year, including awareness lectures and seminars on a variety of health-related issues. Extending that sentiment throughout the year, BAPS Charities hosts medical fairs, walkathons, education and career development seminars, disaster relief operations, blood drives and much more. BAPS Charities sincerely serves the community, by improving the quality of life of individuals and families.

India Post News Service

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