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South Florida residents and families lined up outside of the Miami-Dade County Fair and Expo Center to take advantage of a wealth of health services offered by Chairman Joe A. Martinez and his 7th Annual Health and Safety Expo.

Approximately 1,000 people attended the June 25 event, undergoing free health check-ups for glucose, high blood pressure, HIV, hemoglobin, cholesterol, and much more. Children received free immunizations with a parent or legal guardian's permission and vaccination records, and Jackson Heath System provided over 20 free mammogram tests on a first-come, first-served basis.

The Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired, Inc. has announced that The American Optometric Association (AOA) and Optometry Cares -The AOA Foundation have awarded a grant through their 2011 Healthy Eyes Healthy People (HEHP) Community Grant Program. The grant is made possible by the generous support of Luxottica Group. "We are very grateful for Luxottica's support.

Healthy vision is one of the most important tools children need for success in school; when their vision suffers, so does their learning," said Virginia A. Jacko, President & CEO of Miami Lighthouse. The funding will allow Miami Lighthouse to create tri-lingual brochures and educational material about the importance of early intervention and eye examinations for children, targeting parents, school officials and community leaders.

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. Each year, nearly a million people in this country will learn they have skin cancer and the risk continues to rise as you get older.  Senior Helpers of Miami, one of the leading in-home providers of senior care, is raising awareness about new FDA guidelines regarding sunscreens, which apply to people of all ages, not just young children and adults.

Unprotected skin can be damaged by the sun's UV rays in as little as 15 minutes, according to the American Cancer Society, says Yolanda Schon, Care Manager of Senior Helpers of Miami. Most skin cancers appear after the age of 45 and it's never too late to protect yourself from the sun.  We encourage seniors to get some fresh air and exercise to stay active, but their skin is more sensitive than others. Even if they're going outside for a short 15 minute walk, our caregivers are there to help them apply their sunscreen as needed.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today announced new steps to reduce premiums and make it easier for Americans to enroll in the Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan.

Premiums for the ederally-administered Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan (PCIP) will drop as much as 40 percent in 18 States, and eligibility standards will be eased in 23 States and the District of Columbia to ensure more Americans with pre-existing conditions have access to affordable health insurance. The Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan was created under the Affordable Care Act and serves as a bridge to 2014 when insurers will no longer be allowed to deny coverage to people with any pre-existing condition, like cancer, diabetes, and asthma.