Community health fairs help you prep for school year

July 21, 2012 8:49:39 PM PDT
If there's a line outside, it must be worth waiting for. And in this case, it was essential to the start of the school year.

Antonio Lechuga and his family spent Saturday morning at the Back to School Community Health Fair at the at the Harbach-Ripley Neighborhood Center in southeast Houston where people lined up for free immunizations, back to school supplies and more.

"It's a big help here when they're giving out information and supplies," Lechuga said. "They're helping out the community, the families in this area. That's what's great about this place."

The health fair was organized by Neighborhood Centers Inc.

Neighborhood Centers and Walmart have teamed with Texas Children's Hospital, M.D. Anderson Cancer, Walgreens, CVS and community clinics to bring a variety of services to patients of all ages. Participants at these fairs are able to receive physician consultation, immunizations and glucose, cholesterol, vision, dental and body-mass index screenings.

And that's not all.

"They're giving us school clothes, so I have uniforms," student Jamarcus Edwards said.

The fairs are just one way to start the school year right, and they will continue every Saturday through August at the following locations:

  • July 28: Ripley House (4410 Navigation Boulevard, Houston), 8-11am
  • August 11: Independence Heights (205 W. Crosstimbers, Houston), 8-11am
  • August 14: Baker-Ripley (6500 Rookin Street, Houston), 9am-1pm
  • August 18: Cleveland-Ripley/La Porte (720 Fairmont Parkway, Pasadena), 8-11am

For more information, call 713-669-5244 or visit

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