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05/19/06 - Lufkin

Students Organized Lufkin Health Fair

by Ramonica R. Jones

Dozens of East Texans are now better informed about their health. They attended a health fair Friday in Lufkin, but it was no ordinary health fair, it was put together by Lufkin students.

The fair offered a variety of tests and screenings for people of all ages.

Organizer Sriyutha Reddy said, "There are many people in our community that don't know about health and they've never had people teach them about what's good and what's bad health habits. This is what I thought would be a good idea."

Reddy's mother is a dietician. Her father is an oncologist. They helped organize the health fair along with a student club called We Help Others (WHO) .

"It's always good for young people to learn what is necessary to help others, because obviously, we are going to be adults one day and if we learn to help others now, then we'll be able to help others when we're older," said WHO member, Parker Brody.

The health fair was held at Memorial hospital in Lufkin.

The Texas Department of State Health Services has released a report on counties that are medically underserved. Angelina County has been a partially designated medically underserved area since 1994. Huntington and Zavalla are the county's two medically underserved populations.

All of Polk, Rusk, San Augustine, and Sabine counties are designated MUAs.

These designations are based on ratio of primary medical care physicians per 1,000 population, infant mortality rate, percentage of the population with incomes below the poverty level, and percentage of the population age 65 or over.

For a complete list of MUAs, go to www.dshs.state.tx.us/chs/hprc/MUAlist.shtm.

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