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USC Edward R. Roybal Institute on Aging Hosts Free Health Fair

Event to feature Classic Car Show Exhibit with Imperials Car Club, June 22

By LatinoLA USC Media Relations
Published on LatinoLA: June 4, 2013


USC Edward R. Roybal Institute on Aging Hosts Free Health Fair


The USC Edward R. Roybal Institute on Aging at the USC School of Social Work is sponsoring and hosting Men's Health Awareness Day with honorary co-host Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard on Saturday, June 22, 2013 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the USC University Park Campus.

Held during Men's Health Month, the event will focus on an issue of importance to all Americans--men's health. In the United States, men die at a higher rate than women from the top 10 causes of death. Similarly, 1 in 2 men compared to 1 in 3 women will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime. Men are also 24 percent less likely to have visited a doctor in the past year. In terms of life expectancy, U.S. men live five years fewer than U.S. women (77 years old compared to 82 years old).

The USC Roybal Institute is bringing together over 30 health organizations and community service groups, including USC healthcare professionals, to offer free health screenings and information on a variety of issues relevant to men and their families. Men's health is not only a concern for men, but it is also a concern for women who care for their fathers, brothers, and sons.

"USC has a strong commitment to serve the community," said William Vega, provost professor and executive director of the USC Roybal Institute. "The Roybal Institute is proud to host a health fair that will offer free screenings and educational information provided by our USC partners and local nonprofit healthcare organizations as a service to men and their families in the Los Angeles area. Along with the Imperials Car Club, we share the common goal of keeping our families healthy."

The mission of the USC Roybal Institute is to advance research that enhances optimal aging of persons in low-income communities. One of the ways it fulfills its mission is by fostering and strengthening university and community partnerships with institutions and organizations throughout Southern California that are dedicated to helping to serve older adults.

Scheduled exhibitors include healthcare professionals from USC schools including the USC School of Pharmacy, the Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC, and the Keck School of Medicine of USC. Other prominent exhibitors include Children's Hospital Los Angeles, the UCLA Mobile Eye Clinic, AARP, the American Diabetes Association, and the Alzheimer's Association.

These exhibitors will provide free health screenings and educational information about various diseases and conditions that affect the well-being of men and their families.

Free health screenings offered:
‘«ů Blood Pressure Testing
‘«ů Blood Sugar Testing
‘«ů Body Fat Testing
‘«ů Bone Density Screening
‘«ů Cholesterol Screening
‘«ů Diabetes Foot Screening
‘«ů Glaucoma Screening
‘«ů Oral Health Screening
‘«ů Posture Testing
‘«ů Stroke Screening
‘«ů Vision Test

The USC Roybal Institute has planned the event to be fun and engaging for all ages. The headlining showcase of the entertainment portion of the event will be a classic lowrider car show exhibit by the Imperials Car Club. In addition, there will be live music and activities for children.

"We hope that this health fair for men's health awareness turns into something positive for the community, especially the Latino community," said Tomas Vazquez, president of the Imperials Car Club. "We're very happy to partner with USC. It is a real honor."

Studies indicate that Latino men face more than chronic health conditions such as hypertension and diabetes than the general U.S. population.

"What better way is there to spend a day at USC than to bring the family to enjoy beautiful cars, hear some great music, and receive free health screenings?" said Maria Aranda, an associate professor at the USC School of Social Work, who first connected with members of the Imperial Car Club about participating in the event.

For more information, please visit the official event website: http://roybal.usc.edu/imperials.html.

ABOUT THE IMPERIALS CAR CLUB:

Imperials Car Club was founded in 1965 in the heart of East Los Angeles, California. The car club represents the American, west coast traditional style of lowriders and is considered by many to be the oldest and most respected lowrider car club. They have organized many charity car shows that have benefited schools in the Los Angeles area.

ABOUT THE USC EDWARD R. ROYBAL INSTITUTE ON AGING:

The mission of the USC Edward R. Roybal Institute on Aging is to advance research that enhances optimal aging of persons in low-income communities. The USC Roybal Institute maintains a strong interdisciplinary focus, with collaborations among faculty and professionals in such fields as gerontology, psychology, preventive medicine, family medicine, psychiatry, oncology, American studies and ethnicity, policy, planning and development. It builds upon USC's longstanding tradition of creating socially relevant research, innovating educational practices, influencing policymaking, fostering community-university partnerships and sharing best practices with direct service providers.

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