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Celebrating Healthy Babies – Past, Present & Future
By Jason Lewis (Sports Editor)
Published May 16, 2011

GBBB Black Infant Health Offers Free Community Health Fair & Family Fun Day

Promoting healthy lifestyles for everyone from infants to adults, Great Beginnings for Black Babies’ Black Infant Health program will present a free health fair geared for the entire family from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, May 21, 2011 in the Rancho Cienega Sports Complex, 5001 Rodeo Road, Los Angeles, CA 90016 (near La Brea).

The “Celebrating Healthy Babies ~ Past, Present & Future” Health Fair will provide free health screenings including mammograms, HIV/STD testing, blood pressure and lung capacity assessments with medical staff from Inner Images, Watts HealthCare Corporation and Advanced Family Medical Care Group.

Offering tons of fun for kids and families throughout the day, the event will include free food, a puppet show, Joy-the-Clown, face painting, balloon animals, and more. In addition, a “Beautiful Black Pregnant Woman” contest will be conducted.

Judge Mablean Ephriam, who presided over Divorce Court (Fox) for seven seasons, achieving outstanding public notoriety and recognition, will make a special appearance.

And, rapper and master of “jerk” dancing, Cliff Savage will provide entertainment along with D.J. Rico.

Local on-site vendors will include: The American Red Cross, The Salvation Army, WIC, LA Care, Healthy Families/Healthy Kids, Medical, Health Net, Autism Community Liaison, Black Women for Wellness, L.A. County Registrar Recorder, Mini 12-Step House, Zeta Phi Beta, ABC Daycare and more!

A “healthy baby celebration” is held annually by Great Beginnings to celebrate the birth of healthy children of parents enrolled in its’ Black Infant Health (BIH) program.

Great Beginnings for Black Babies (GBBB) is a non-profit organization founded in 1990. Changing the personal health habits of women of childbearing age to ensure healthy birth outcomes by stopping the needless dying of Black babies was one of the first tasks identified by the founders. Since 1990, GBBB has been a forerunner in the fight to prevent and reduce infant mortality.

“This health fair is our gift to our many clients and to the community as a whole. It’s time that we put our health and the health of our children, especially those unborn, at the forefront,” commented BIH Program Manager Tifany Willis.

This “Celebrating Healthy Babies–Past, Present and Future” health fair is being made possible by the California Department of Public Health, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health and First 5 L.A.

For information about GBBB, visit or call (310) 677-7995.

For additional information about the event, please call Queen Publicity at (310) 849-3820 or e-mail Allison Queen at

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