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DOH-Miami-Dade’s WIC Program hosts the 5th Annual Homestead/Florida City Health and Resource Fair

November 15, 2018

DOH-Miami-Dade’s WIC Program hosts the 5th Annual Homestead/Florida City Health and Resource Fair

Contact:
Communications Office
786-336-1276

Miami, Fla. – The Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade County WIC Program will host the 5th Annual Holiday Homestead/Florida City Health and Resource Fair at the Homestead/Florida City WIC clinic located at 753 West Palm Drive, Florida City, FL 33034 on Saturday, December 1, 2018 from 9:30am – 1:30pm.

The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children - better known as the WIC Program - serves to safeguard the health of low-income pregnant, postpartum, and breastfeeding women, infants, and children up to age 5 who are at nutritional risk by providing nutritious foods to supplement diets, information on healthy eating including breastfeeding promotion and support, and referrals to health care.

For the last 4 years, this event has provided the Homestead/Florida City community access to free health/dental screenings for children and adults, community resources and education. Last year approximately 1600 people participated and over 50 community organizations collaborated in the event. As a result, we were able to distribute 800 bags of food, 1,000 children’s books, 1,045 toys and over 45 health and dental screenings.

Families will be able to take a FREE memorable holiday photo with Santa and visit with local vendors, enjoy music, children activities including face painting, airbrush tattoos and balloon artist. We will have fitness classes, free massages, free food distribution by FarmShare, health and dental screenings for children and adults, and much more!  Raffles will be conducted periodically throughout the fair giving away wonderful prizes!

There will be 4 mobile units providing screenings, education and giveaways including the Sylvester Game Changer Vehicle, Colgate Bright Smiles Dental Bus, TestMiami Mobile Unit, and Caring for Miami Bus. Sponsors include Catalyst Miami, Community Medical Group, CSI Special Care, Healthy Start Coalition of Miami-Dade, Portofino Pediatrics, Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, United Way of Miami-Dade, Homestead Hospital, Main Street Children’s Dentistry & Orthodontics, Miami Children’s Health Plan, United Healthcare, Wellcare/Staywell Health Plans, Advanced Academy Achievers, Chen Senior Medical Center, Simply Healthcare Plans and West Coast University.

 

For more information about the WIC Program at the Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade County please visit www.FloridaWIC.org or call (786) 336-1300 for WIC appointments and (786) 336-1336 for breastfeeding assistance.

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