Community Health Fair Finds Success in Downtown San Antonio
As the need to empower people to make proactive health decisions and discuss vascular conditions takes center stage, PVA and other health partners host a successful health fair in San Antonio.
This past weekend, PVA- along with a team of exceptional sponsors- hosted a free PAD Screening & Health Fair event. Our newest location- the renovated, downtown Main Ave. Medical Plaza- held its first community event since its Grand Opening in August. After the tremendously successful event, we hope that guests learned something new about their health, Peripheral Artery Disease, and how to prevent vascular health conditions and complications.
This year, over 200 people attended the event, marking approximately a 50% increase in attendance from last year’s screening event. Our social media garnered over 7,900 impressions and reached thousands of San Antonians who wish to improve their lifestyle and learn more about the misconceptions and myths of PAD.
Along with our free PAD screening, our sponsors put together an interactive program of physician presentations, cooking demonstrations, and Zumba classes! Dr. Heather McKenzie from Baptist Wound and our own Dr. Michael Peck led two strong presentations about diabetes. The YMCA and Health Collaborative held three healthy eating demonstrations and cooking classes. And Zumba sessions, presented by the YMCA, were a great source of fitness fun!
“Having the ability to talk to PVA doctors about my health concerns is so appreciated,” commented one guest during Saturday’s activities. Knowing that we are contributing to a healthier San Antonio, one day and one event at a time, is a special feeling for all of us at Peripheral Vascular Associates. We believe that our physicians, nurses and staff have a responsibility to our communities; whether that means spreading awareness, giving back and volunteering our time, or hosting events for members of the community to come together and take away information about vascular conditions and the importance of leading a healthy lifestyle overall.
Our focus for this event was to provide free PAD screenings for qualifying patients and those that desire to be proactive about their general vascular health. Many attendants expressed their gratitude for “the opportunity to get free screenings”, but we also prioritized a focus on making sure people know how to keep an eye out for symptoms and to prevent complications.
Partners and sponsors like Texas Kidney Foundation, Baptist Health System, Health Collaborative, the YMCA, The Prosthetic Foundation, Health Texas Medical Group of San Antonio, and many others created a phenomenal effort that brought another level of education and awareness about diseases and symptoms that affect our patients. Seeing guests take part in the presentations, cooking demonstrations, and Zumba classes were also rewarding for us to see.
We hope that our attendants will continue to take proactive measures to care for their vascular and overall health, and engage and attend events hosted by PVA. We know that many health initiatives start with getting the community involved with those that directly promote healthy living in San Antonio. Keep up with us on social media by liking our Facebook and Twitter, or give us a call at (210) 237-4444 if you would like to know more about PVA and our services.