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Wellness and Health fairs at RAMP

March 10, 2010

From press release

All four RAMP offices will hold a Wellness & Health Fair on the following days:

Freeport: Thursday, March 11, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., at 2155 W. Galena Ave., Freeport. (815) 233-1128 V/TTY.

Belvidere: Tuesday, March 16, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at 530 S. State St., Suite 103, Belvidere. (815) 544-8404 V/TTY.

Rockford: Wednesday, March 17, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., at 202 Market St., Rockford. (815) 968-7467 V/TTY.

DeKalb: Thursday, March 18, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at 115 N. First St., DeKalb. (815) 756-3202 V/TTY.

RAMP’s goal for the Wellness and Health Fair is to keep people with disabilities healthy by providing the following services for free: H1N1 flu shots provided by the Illinois Department of Public Health and administered by each local health department; vision screenings, hearing screenings, health screenings including: cholesterol, blood pressure and body mass index, presentations, free amplified phone for those who quality, door prizes, refreshments and more information from other local partners. There will be a sign language interpreter on site. For more information or to request accommodations for the Wellness & Health Fair, contact your local RAMP office.

Tiffany Vondra, Stephenson County manager—(815) 233-1128 (V/TTY), tvondra@rampcil.org

Jen Jacky, Boone County manager—(815) 544-8404 (V/TTY), jjacky@rampcil.org

Rhonda Barrigas, Winnebago County manager—(815) 968-7467, rbarrigas@rampcil.org

Tina Vavra, DeKalb County manager—(815) 756-3202, tvavra@rampcil.org

Get a free hearing screening by an audiologist, and if you qualify, a free ITAC amplified phone! If you are hard of hearing or think you might be, bring your most recent phone bill and an ID with you to obtain your free amplified phone.

The Wellness & Health Fair project is made possible with funding from the Illinois Department of Public Health. Thank you to ITAC for being a sponsor of the event, and thanks to all the following local partners for their services: Advanced Hearing Healthcare, Lions of Illinois Foundation, FHN, Van Matre Health South, Rehabilitation Hospital, Stephenson County Health Department, Boone County Health Department, Winnebago County Health Department, DeKalb County Health Department, CERT, DART, LaVoz Latina, 1st Step Chiropractic, Rockford Health Physicians, Rockford Health System, Census Bureau, Massage Sanctuary, RMTD, Primary Eye Care Centers, NIU Speech & Hearing, DeKalb Clinic, and Dr. Michele’s Eyecare Center.

RAMP assists people with disabilities desiring to live a useful and rewarding life. RAMP empowers people with disabilities to realize there are no limits to what they can do. This is accomplished by assisting them to live independently, make changes in their lives, seek peer support, obtain resources and remove barriers that threaten their dreams of independence. RAMP advocates the implementation of current laws, promotion of needed legislation and improvement of existing systems for people with disabilities while working to diminish negative attitudes that threaten to impede equal access. RAMP advocates for and serves people with disabilities out of four offices in Boone, DeKalb, Stephenson and Winnebago counties. RAMP is a United Way member agency.

From the Mar. 10-16, 2010 issue

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