“Healthy Body. Healthy Mind. Healthy Spirit.” is the 2012 annual one-day, communitywide multicultural health fair sponsored by the First United Methodist Church of Hyattsville (FUMC) and participating agencies. Scheduled for Saturday, September 15, 2012, the health fair’s free activities will include cholesterol, blood glucose, blood pressure, and cancer screenings; food and fitness demonstrations; and informational booths that together address physical, mental, and social wholeness.
This fair is designed to help everyone, especially Hyattsville’s most vulnerable families, women, men, and children, to take charge of their health. Nearly 11percent of Hyattsville residents have incomes below the poverty level, compared to 9 percent statewide. Unemployment peaked at 7.7 percent in 2010 and, though declining, exceeded the state level in March 2012. Moreover, alarmingly high rates of diabetes, cancer, heart disease, and obesity plague Prince George’s County compared to the other Maryland counties.