Bi-National Health Week kicks off in Los Angeles

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In a move to educate working-class Latinos in Los Angeles, consular offices of nearly a dozen Latin American countries are promoting Bi-National Health Week. The announcement was made at L.A. City Hall Tuesday morning.

Consul generals are urging blue-collar workers to be proactive about their health.

Ecuador’s Los Angeles representative Eddie Bedon says it’s more important to prevent illness than cure it. He’s one of nearly a dozen diplomats from Central and South American countries including Guatemala, Mexico and El Salvador participating in Bi-National Health Week.

They plan to offer information at their offices about health and social services – from diabetes and obesity to autism and HIV/AIDS. National Health Week committee member Marco Pacheco says Bi-National Health Week will finish with a health fair on Saturday at Hansen Dam Recreation Center in Lake View Terrace.

“Everybody is welcomed," says Pacheco. "No document is needed to receive the free services on Saturday.”

Pacheco says clinics and health agencies will offer health screenings and exams, in English and Spanish, at Saturday’s health fair. This is the 10th year in a row that consular offices are joining forces to promote preventative health.