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Health Festival at the Strand 9/25/2010

Posted: Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Nancy Conrad
Photos: Health FestivalErin the ClownFestival Faces

You couldn't have asked for a better day or a better Health Festival!Upham's Corner Health Center Health Festival

Upham's Corner Health Center has held over 25 free health events in their 37 year history.  This year's was held at the Strand Theater on September 25, 2010, 11 AM to 2 PM. 

Tables lined both sides of the main hall with many health organizations offering help and free literature of all sorts: health insurance plans, osteoporosis, Alzheimer's, The Food Project, a well-baby program, smoking cessation, good eating habits, nature programs, and all about the Asian longhorn beetles.

They also had available for snacking: free ice cream, popcorn and platters of delicious health-food.

The Strand Theater dramatically enhanced the overall feeling of the event.  The mirrored walls and the lighting of the great hall created a special ambience as if we were visiting royalty.  And everyone was so friendly and helpful.

See Photos of the Health Festival.
Upham's Corner Health Center Health FestivalCarrying out the theme of "festival" were balloons, lots of joyful talking and laughing and an incredible clown.  

Erin, the clown, works for Upham's Corner Health Center.  We caught her unawares as she was donning her clown costume.  After getting dressed, she danced in the street and called out to the crowds, inviting them to "come on in."

See more Photos of Erin the Clown.

See Photos of Festival Faces

Next door to the Strand was the flu clinic.  It didn't take long to fill out the questionnaire, and you could eat your (free) ice cream while doing so.  Upham's Corner Health Center Health Festival

After a short wait, a friendly nursing student delivered "the goods" -- a "pinch", as he described it, an injection of the flu vaccine liquid into your arm.  "Am I bleeding profusely?"  I asked him laughing.  "No," he said, "just one drop of blood."

UCHC is committed to supporting our Upham's Corner community.  We note that the Health Festival was free.  You didn't have to show your health card or your wallet or your proof of poverty or riches.  Everyone was invited, and we all had a great time.
UCHC is a comprehensive health and social service agency, owned and operated by the Upham’s Corner Health Committee, Inc., a community controlled non-profit, 501 (c)(3) corporation.  

Since opening its doors in 1973, the health center’s mission has been to provide comprehensive, culturally competent, community-based health and social services.  UCHC works at maintaining and improving the health and well-being of residents of North Dorchester, a neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts.  

In 2009, the Upham’s Corner Health Center had close to a quarter million patient visits.  A total of 60% of the patients seen by UCHC live below the poverty level.  

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