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Individuals and families in Harford County and Cecil County are invited to the Healthy Living in Havre de Grace Health Fair Saturday at the Havre de Grace Community Center to have fun, listen to live music, participate in aerobic dance competitions, win valuable prizes and learn how to live longer, healthier and happier lives.

The historic city of Havre de Grace with its museums, scenic vistas and a plethora of restaurants is known for its 226-year history, which includes a legacy as a race horse destination, duck hunting/decoy town and residential community. The city government leadership also recognizes that the health of its citizens is of vital importance and as a result has teamed up with the Iota Nu Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. and Upper Chesapeake Health to put together this summer's fair.

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The basic purpose of the "Healthy Havre de Grace Fair" is to bring community resources together for the health improvement of all demographic groups within Harford County. This means that children will have fun attractions like obstacle course races, a moon bounce and nutrition education to oppose the national trend toward childhood obesity. Women will have focused attractions targeted against breast cancer, heart disease and fitness. Men will have prostate health information, opportunities for screenings, nutrition and cancer prevention information. Families will learn how to make their homes safer places and the elderly will have engaging activities where they will learn how to live longer and more fulfilling lives. Everyone who attends this free event will enjoy live music, zumba, hand dance and country line dancing demonstrations and hourly 50-50 giveaways that have been donated by Harford County's generous health related businesses.

What started out as a small idea within the minds of Mayor Wayne Dougherty and Basileus Dwayne Adams has blossomed into a major Harford County community event as a result of multiple collaborating organizations and supporting businesses. To make this community event take place, a number of Harford County organizations are coming together including: The City of Havre de Grace; Omega Psi Phi Fraternity; Upper Chesapeake Health; Zeta Phi Beta Sorority; Delta Sigma Theta Sorority of Harford County; the Harford County Agency for the Elderly; and Havre de Grace Rotary Club. In addition to the local participating organizations, a number of Harford County businesses are also participating including De Chalet Hair Salon, Events by Lorraine, Eleganza, Healthy Plants & Trees and Sweet Do Deli, Bikes 4 Breast Cancer, Women's Challenge Inc., Doctors for United Medical Missions and others.

The community spirit the Omegas and city government have harnessed for this health fair is reminiscent of that which resulted in the creation of Harford Memorial Hospital 100 years ago. This free health fair also demonstrates that even as Harford Memorial Hospital has evolved from a community generated institution into a vital component of Upper Chesapeake Health, eventually merging with the University of Maryland, its century long commitment to being a community partner is as strong as ever.

Harford Memorial Hospital's collaborative partner, the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, has also celebrated its 100th anniversary. Scholarship, uplift, manhood and perseverance are the cardinal principles that have inspired Harford County's Iota Nu Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. to invest in assisting Harford County's veterans, youth and needy for many years.

Information on the "Healthy Living in Havre de Grace Health Fair" can be found at http://www.ques-iotanu.org.

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