In an effort to encourage healthy lifestyles among American Indians, Oklahoma City Indian Clinic (OKCIC) will host its annual Walk for Wellness and health fair at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, June 14 at Remington Park, One Remington Park in Oklahoma City. The event is free and open to the public to attend.

 

OKCIC is a nonprofit organization providing a wide range of outpatient healthcare services to more than 18,000 American Indians in the Oklahoma City area. American Indians face a range of health issues unique to their ethnicity, including high rates of diabetes. They are 2.3 times more likely to be diagnosed with diabetes compared to other ethnic groups, according to the Department of Health and Human Services.

 

“Our clinic is dedicated to fighting the growing epidemic of diabetes and pre-diabetes among American Indians, and this walk and health fair is one way to encourage our community to get informed and stay active,” said Robyn Sunday-Allen, CEO of OKCIC. “It’s important to develop and maintain a healthy lifestyle, which includes staying hydrated, eating healthy and exercising regularly. We hope to provide attendees with important information while also having fun in a family-friendly environment.”

 

The health fair will provide attendees with information on a range of clinic services, including medical, dental, prenatal, pediatrics, pharmacy, optometry, physical fitness, family programs and behavioral health services.

 

Participants who register by June 6 will receive a T-shirt. Registration is available the day of the event, or participants can pre-register at http://www.okcic.com/events/walk-for-wellness/. For more information about the walk or the clinic, visit www.okcic.com.