Filed Under:  Entertainment

Algiers residents are treated to healthcare fair

18th March 2011   ·   0 Comments

By Kelly Parker
Contributing Writer

A healthier Algiers is a better Algiers, according to Leslie Elli­son. The owner and president of The Ellison Group, a New Orleans-based education consulting firm, has spearheaded the First Algiers Healthcare Extravaganza, which takes place on Saturday, April 16, at 3518 General Meyer Ave, from noon to 2 p.m.

The goal is to help the community incorporate healthy lifestyle alternatives. Ellison states that many residents who live near the General Meyer corridor don’t have the means to travel to the nearest westbank supermarkets, such as Winn Dixie and Wal Mart. Also missing from the area are much needed health care clinics. As a result, Ellison, with the help of the Tunisburg “Mc­Clen­donville” Square Neigh­borhood Civic Association, is bringing the resources to the community.

“My community, which is a Black neighborhood; is an impoverished area where finances and means may not be available to purchase fresh food and we don’t have access to certain stores; they’re (grocery stores) are not along the nearby bus routes, so that’s what motivated me to do this health fair,” she said.

The Algiers resident and native, hopes residents will take advantage of host of services slated for the event.  Other local groups scheduled to participate include Dr. Jobie Crear, Ocean Dental, The Home Depot, Athletic Endurance; Smoothie King,  Daughters of Charity, Orleans Parish Criminal Sheriff Marlin Gusman; Whole Foods; Mahogany Gifted Hands Day Spa; Rouses, Celebrate Life Ministries; Acts Home Health; The New Orleans Hornets The Ameri­can Red Cross and the New Orleans Fire Department.

Ellison has partnered with physicians to provide immunization for children, in preparation for the next school year.

The Extravaganza will offer free health and visual screenings, dental facts, physical fitness activities for adults and children, complimentary massages, holistic health and wellness resources and giveaways.

It’s not just about the children, it’s also about the entire community –  youth as well as the elderly,” Ellison adds. “It was important to provide wellness resources for everyone.” People can come and learn about fitness, get a free exam, or just a complimentary massage.”

Readers Comments (0)

Comments are closed.