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Friday, June 24, 2011

Common Ground Summer Wellness Fest

Posted By on Fri, Jun 24, 2011 at 10:36 PM

The Pinettes Brass Band
  • The Pinettes Brass Band

Visitors to Common Ground Health Clinic’s (CGHC) Wellness Fest from noon to 8 p.m. Saturday, June 25, can get acupuncture and acupressure for stress relief, pick up information on how to maintain their health, get a little exercise — and hear live music. Vendors will offer food and drinks. The event is free, but attendees who make a $5 donation will be entered into a drawing to win prizes.

The event at Fox Playground (122 L.B. Landry Ave.) features music by the Mohawk Hunters (12:15 p.m.), Heavenly Melodies (12:50 p.m.), Sweet Street Symphony (1:25 p.m.), Charmaine Neville (2 p.m.), Melomania (3:50 p.m.), Ben Hunter (4:30 p.m.), Arden Lo (5:10 p.m.), Renovacion 6 (6:10 p.m.) and all-women Original Pinettes Brass Band (6:45 p.m.). In between, see salsa and Zumba demonstrations, as well as a skit by NO/AIDS Task Force.

The event is is designed to help residents learn how to stay healthy and ensure they have access to adequate health care. Visitors can learn about and sign up for the Greater New Orleans Health Connection (GNOCHC) program, which provides health insurance for low-income and uninsured residents. To quality for GNOCHC, an individual must be uninsured for at least six months; between 19 and 64 years old; not eligible for Medicaid, CHIP or Medicare; a resident of Orleans, Jefferson, Plaquemines or St. Bernard parishes and meet financial guidelines.

Common Ground Health Clinic was founded in September 2005 and has delivered health care to more than 60,000 patients. Its diverse services include primary care, dermatology, acupuncture, herbalism, endocrinology, medical interpretation and outreach health programs and workshops.

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