By: Chelcey Adami
The Consulate of Mexico in Calexico hosted a health fair for four hours Friday afternoon at the Imperial Valley Mall. Its goal is to host at least one a month in different venues around the Valley with different focuses, said Adriana Buelna of Ventanilla de Salud.
Seventeen different agencies were involved with the health fair Friday including three new participants including Vantage Oncology and Healthy Homes. Roughly 200 people of all ages stopped at the health fair to speak with health specialists as well as to get informational materials and promotional items.
Buelna said diabetes, asthma and various forms of cancer are the most critical health issues facing the Imperial Valley.
El Centro resident Curt Pettijohn stopped in at the health fair Friday with family including his young daughter. He said he felt the health fair is a great idea to better educate people, especially children, on how to make healthier choices. He hopes that a similar health fair will be held in local schools.