Magic Johnson Joins Mount Sinai at Community Health Fair

Earvin "Magic" Johnson partnered with Mount Sinai to host community health fair featuring free screenings, cooking demonstrations, prizes, and live music.

New York
 – April 16, 2012 /Press Release/  –– 

Basketball legend Earvin "Magic" Johnson teamed with Mount Sinai School of Medicine to help educate the East Harlem community about chronic disease at "Our Health Our Future: Nuestra Salud, Nuestro Futuro," the annual, medical student-run Community Health Fair at the Center for Advanced Medicine on Saturday, April 14, 2012.

The rate of chronic disease in the Central and East Harlem community is significantly higher than in all other neighborhoods of New York City. In addition to meeting Mr. Johnson, local residents participated in free health screenings for more than 20 health conditions, including diabetes, vision and hearing, blood pressure, behavioral health, and obesity. More than 40 health education and counseling resource tables were on-site to provide information in both English and Spanish. Attendees watched and participated in children’s activities, a prize raffle, and danced to live music.

"I am so excited to partner with Mount Sinai’s medical students to help raise awareness of the chronic diseases that affect so many people in the local community," said Mr. Johnson. "I hope this health fair will educate them on how to prevent these diseases as well as how to get treatment if needed so they can continue to lead happy and healthy lives."

More than 200 community residents attended last year’s Community Health Fair, including adults and children, as well as more than 150 hospital and student volunteers. Students and staff are aiming to reach out to even more members of the local community this year to promote health awareness and education.

"Mount Sinai and our local community health partner organizations are committed to helping improve the health of our local community and embraces the opportunity to educate residents about chronic diseases and other health concerns," said David C. Thomas, MD, a faculty advisor and Director of Ambulatory Care and Training at The Mount Sinai Medical Center. "I hope people arm themselves, their family, and their friends with the knowledge they take away from the fair so they can lead long, healthy lives."

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