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City of Garland Press Release:
Healthy Living Expo 2009: Health and Environment Come Together
Learn how to improve your personal health and the health of the environment all in one event: Healthy Living Expo 2009 – “Healthy You, Healthy Earth: Rx for a Better World.”
The City of Garland, Garland ISD, Baylor Medical Center at Garland and the Garland Chamber of Commerce will join forces on Saturday, September 26, 2009, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the GISD Special Events Center, to look at how caring for both ourselves and the earth creates a healthy lifestyle, and has a positive impact on the world around us. The Expo will offer exhibitor booths, free services, demonstrations and entertainment, all focused on helping citizens make positive changes to their daily lives.
“Healthy You” will provide health screenings and immunizations, plus information on prevention services, stress reduction methods, fitness activities, and much more. Five hundred free cholesterol screenings will be available, on a first come first served basis, beginning at 10 a.m. Seasonal flu shots will be administered by the Garland Health Department from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. only. The cost of flu shots for children 6 months to 18 years old will be $10; 19 years and older $20. Medicaid and Medicare Part B participants should bring current paperwork. A limited supply of the pneumococcal vaccine is available for $40. This vaccine is usually given to adults 65 years and older and is covered by Medicare Part B or those individuals younger than 65 with chronic health conditions. A limited supply of the tetanus booster, Tdap, for adolescents and adults 11 years and older will be available. The cost is $10 for children age 11-18 and $20 for adults 19-64 years old.
Learn about “Healthy Earth” topics, such as recycling, conservation, energy efficiency, gardening and alternative fuels. The first 1,000 attendees will receive a microfiber, reusable shopping bag containing a variety of goodies and information (one per family, please). Radio Disney will rock the Expo with music, prizes and “eco-friendly” competitions for kids and parents.
Showerhead Exchange – The City of Garland Water Utilities Department will have1,000 low-flow showerheads available. Bring your old showerhead to exchange, along with a City of Garland utility bill and identification verifying that you are the utility subscriber. (Limit one showerhead per household, please.) The City will make sure the old devices are disposed of in an environmentally-appropriate way!
Electronic Recycling by the Environmental Co-op – You can drive up and drop off a wide range of electronic equipment such as computers, telephones, circuit boards, dvd/cd players, copiers, printers, video equipment from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., or until their trucks are full. A fee is associated with properly disposing of these items: $5 per computer monitor and $10 - $30 per television, based on screen size.. You can also drop off microwaves, air conditioners, batteries, and small household appliances, as well as eyeglasses that will be donated to the Lions Club.
The Expo will also feature a document shredding service for outdated or sensitive records, provided by Greenstar Northamerica, LLC. The shred truck will be onsite from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., or until the truck is full.
For more information, visit www.GarlandGoesGreen.org or www.GarlandChamber.com.
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