Arkansas will be celebrating Cinco de Mayo, health and the Mexican culture Saturday, May 3 with the help of sponsors and exhibitors offering free information, free health screenings and free food while dancing to Mexican tunes at the 11th Annual ¡Hola! Arkansas Health & Safety Fest at MacArthur Park in Little Rock, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
“This year’s annual event will be a step up, like no other. We are expecting that hundreds of families will gather to learn what Arkansas has to offer in health, safety, disaster and emergency while everyone enjoys and celebrate Cinco de Mayo, the Mexican culture, food and music,” said Maura Lozano-Yancy, publisher of ¡Hola! Arkansas.
The signature annual event will focus in providing Hispanic families with effective preparedness, health services, food and information promoting a safer and healthier life in Arkansas.
¡Hola! Arkansas Cinco de Mayo Health & Safety Fest is a free community event organized by ¡Hola! Arkansas. “This year, we partnered with St. Edward’s Catholic Church to support its community leadership, wellness and sports initiatives. On Saturday, during the ¡Hola! Arkansas Cinco de Mayo Health & Safety Fair, St. Edward’s will be hosting both, a Soccer and a Basketball Tournament,” said Lozano-Yancy.
As Diabetes disproportionately affects Hispanics, ¡Hola! Arkansas is continuing its statewide effort to promote good nutrition and good health habits. Beside glucose and cholesterol screening, they are giving away Blood glucose meter Kits donated by Personal Care Medical Supplies to those with dangerous readings.
“Families will enjoy entertainment by Mexican DJ, Rodolfo “Universo Musical,” Sergio Valdivia ZumbaTroll, Mexican dancers and the locally famous Kaskarita Clown” said Lozano-Yancy. Children will enjoy this year’s a very active ¡Hola! KIDZONE which includes free rides and several ‘Bouncers.’
Anyone receiving health screenings will be provided with free lunch, ice cream and free beverages. ¡Hola! Arkansas management is prepared to feed 1,000 lunches, consisting of a quarter pound 85 percent lean meat for adults and hot dogs for the children.
Food partners are, Blue Bell ice creameries; Beverages and Water continued to be sponsored by New Age Distributing to include Deja Blue Water, 7UP, SunKist, A&W Root Beer and Sunny Delight; Hiland Dairy Foods is providing milk products; Bread products are provided by Ben E. Keith Food Distributors while Lake Ice is supporting the event with the ice needs. FritoLay will be providing Doritos.
¡Hola! Arkansas Health & Safety Fair will be offering opportunities to learn more about ways Arkansas’ Hispanic and minority families can prepare for an emergency and become better aware of health prevention programs that may impact our communities. The signature community event is presented this year by Arkansas Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC), Steve Landers Auto Group, Arkansas Department of Health HIV Prevention & Viral Hepatitis C Program and the Arkansas Minority Healthy Commission.
Co-Sponsors include, Healthy Smiles, UAMS CDA Center for Diversity Affairs, Jefferson Comprehensive Care System (JCCSI) HIV Mobile Program, SOS-UAPB-MISRGO, Personal Care Medical Supplies, Arkansas Department of Health – Southwest Clinic, Arkansas Coalition for Tobacco Free Arkansas, Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care, AARP, Ambetter of Arkansas, Girl Scouts Diamonds of Arkansas, Rent-A-Center, Arkansas National Guard, Little Rock School District Procurement Office. ICM Independent Case Management and the Mexican Consulate in Little Rock with the ‘Ventanillas de Salud” Program.
Partners include, Blue Bell Creameries, Hiland Dairy, New Age Distributing (Deja Blue Water, 7UP, SunKist, A&W Root Beer, Sunny Delight), Doritos by FritoLay, and Lake Ice, Ben E. Keith and Partygrass.
There will be over 30 exhibitors and medical services available to answers questions related to health, education and business opportunities. Those participating are, Baptist Health, Arkansas Diagnostic Center Dr. Alonzo Williams, DHS/DDS Children’s Services, Arkansas Children’s Hospital Research Institute, Autism Laboratory, UAMS Breast cancer outreach program, UAMS Cervical Cancer Education Prevention Program, Arthritis Foundation, Full Potential Child and Development Center, Arkansas Human Development Corporation, Medlinc Staffing, P.I. Roofing, Tim Griffin for Arkansas, BMC Law Firm, Lee’s School of Cosmetology, Arkansas Office of State Procurement, DHS- Child Care Education, ADH -Arkansas Department of Health Office of Minority Health & Health Disparities, UAMS-Hispanic outreach (Esperanza y Vida), Veterans Affairs Regional Office, Arkansas Economic Development Commission Energy Office, Pulaski County Sheriff Department Children ID Program, Little Rock Fire Department, AT&T, and Youth Challenge among others.
¡Hola! Arkansas Health & Safety Fest is a smoke free community event. For additional information or to participate, call: (501) 771-5007 or visit ¡Hola! Arkansas on line www.Hola-Arkansas.com or by e-mail, firstname.lastname@example.org