LULAC Hosts Community Health Fair

The free event promotes healthy lifestyles.
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The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) of San Benito County hosted the 3rd Annual Health Fair on Saturday, Sept. 16. Held at the Hollister Community Center, the free event focused on community wellness.  

A variety of resources were offered to attendees including health screenings, information about healthy eating options, alternative medicine, and elderly care. Music was provided by the Moondance Band and attendees were treated to presentations about tai chi and dance. 

Maria De La Luz Hinojosa Sarabe said she liked coming to the fair to learn about the different services being offered. "Traen muchos puestos que dan explicaciones para conocer mas de todos  los programas o beneficios que pueden  tener  las  gente.  Desde   bomberos, de medicamentos, de nutricion. Para eso me gusta venir a mi a esta fieras, para informar me y poder explicarle a los que no pudieron venir. Gracias, que la sigan haciendo." ("They bring a lot of organizations to give us explanations so we can learn more about all the programs or benefits that people can have; from firemen, medicine, nutrition. That's why I like coming to these fairs, to learn and pass on the information to those who could not attend. Thank you, hopefully they continue.) 

Among the organizations and business present were: San Benito Health Foundation, CareMore, Terpene Queens, Hazel Hawkins Hopsital and Bonita Springs Hospice Care.

De La Luz Hinojosa Sarabe added that she appreciated the fact that it was free for the community. "Ya que la gente no quiera venir, esta desaprovechando las opportunidades que nos esta dando el condado de San Benito," she said. (If people don't want to come they are wasting the opportunities they are giving to us by the county of San Benito.) 

Henrietta Gonzalez has been to the fair since it first began. This year she decided to bring her daughter along. She said that even though she asks the same questions every year she likes to attend. Adding, there were more booths this year.   

Immigration information was also given at the fair. Elizabeth Zepeda from the United Farm Workers of America (UFW) Foundation gave information about immigration and custom enforcement (ICE). She said people should call (831) 634-5225 with any of their concerns or questions. She added they also assist with citizenship paperwork at no cost. She said that more information is available by calling (831)758-2611. 

Sandra Cruz of Siren (Services Immigrant Rights & Education Network) told BenitoLink they will be hosting free DACA workshops for those who need to renew in Gilroy on Sept.19 and in San Jose every Tuesday and Friday until Oct. 3. Cruz said that residents can get more information by visiting or calling (408)453-3017. 

Laura Romero

Laura Romero has been a reporter and handled marketing/social media for BenitoLink. She has covered education and city government. Formerly, she worked as an assistant account executive at Pembroke PR in San Francisco, where she assisted with press outreach, event coordination, and social media planning. With her PR skills, she has helped to implement social media strategies and develop online giving campaigns for BenitoLink. Laura continues to contribute to BenitoLink on a freelance basis.