Raising seven children doesn’t leave Christie Brittian much time for herself.
But with five of her children in tow, the 35-year-old mother found the opportunity to get in her yearly check-up Saturday at the UNC Health Careers Club’s eighth annual Health on the Block community health fair at the Hargraves Community Center.
Featuring 18 local vendors like Walgreens and the Cornucopia Cancer Support Center, the fair provided free blood pressure testing, diabetes assessments and tobacco screenings.
“It’s just a great way to get information on what services are available and just gain awareness,” said Brittian, who also attended the fair last year. “Awareness is key because you learn about so many different programs and things you can do to take care of yourself and your kids.”
Brittian, who is studying to be a certified medical assistant at Durham Technical Community College, said she also enjoys the event because it offers free face painting, crafts and balloon animals for her children to enjoy.