January 16, 2004

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First-Ever Chicago Free Health Fair Is Resounding Success!

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Massage therapy (courtesy of the Illinois School of Health Careers), eye testing (courtesy of the Kraff Eye Institute) and cancer prevention (courtesy - American Cancer Society) were among the health services offered at the Chicago Health Fair

Sponsored by Chicago Entertainment Industry Labor Coalition, AEA, SAG, AFTRA and The Actors' Fund of America, 60 Actors, Stage Managers and Other Entertainment Professionals Participate

The first-ever Chicago Free Health Fair for Entertainment Professionals was held on Monday, January 12th at the new AEA Member's Center in the Chicago loop. The Fair was organized by The Actors' Fund of America's Midwest Regional Office and supported by the Chicago Entertainment Industry Labor Coalition, Actors' Equity Association, SAG, (Screen Actors Guild) and AFTRA (American Federation of Television and Radio Artists).

Almost 60 actors, stage managers and other entertainment industry workers took advantage of a variety of medical screenings, health and wellness information and free consultations, donated by providers from the Chicago area.

Donald Towne, Director of Human Services-Midwest Region of The Actors' Fund, said "I am pleased to have worked with the Coalition to host what we hope will be the first of many annual health fairs. The Actors' Fund wants to help industry members to be proactive in their approach to their own health and this fair was a good effort toward that self-care. Even if a member only came for massage therapy, she or he left feeling better. In addition to our serious purpose, we had a lot of fun spending the day with members of our community."

Services and providers included: Blood work and breathing capacity tests, provided by Dr. David Hinkamp and Dr. Katherine Duvall from Health in the Arts Program from the University of Illinois Chicago; Glucose tests, performed by internist Dr. Paul Abbo. A healthy snack packet, recipe and consultation, given by nutritionist Marvita Brown, University of Illinois Extension Program; massage therapy, donated by Illinois School of Health Careers.

The American Cancer Society conducted contests with participants where winners answered health and smoking questions and won prizes. Additional consultations were available from chiropractor Dr. Michael Luban and from the Kraff Eye Institute. Rush Medical Center's Dr. Arthur Hoffman discussed stress management and smoking cessation. Members also received information on humanitarian medical travel assistance from LifeLine Pilots.

Equity Central Regional Director Kathryn V. Lamkey thanked the providers and the heath fair co-sponsors. "We were delighted with the turn out. The health fair provided important information and services to members of our community, so we are planning to make this an annual event. I'd especially like to thank Donald Towne and The Actors' Fund of America for helping to make it a great success."

More information about health services and benefits, call The Actors' Fund of America, Mid-Western Region, at 312-372-0989 or visit www.actorsfund.org.

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