Ah, is there anything more fun than a blood pressure test -- especially when it's free?
Well, those in the entertainment community can be tested for blood pressure, stress and health risk at a free "Spring Into Health" Fair, noon to 5:30 PM, May 1, in New York. The event is sponsored by Better Wellness And You (BWAY), a consortium of representatives from the theatre community. The fairs are billed as "the largest combined presentation of the numerous theatrical and entertainment unions, associations and services to join forces for such an event."
The outrageous costs of health care, especially to performers who don't qualify for benefit packages, make the Health Care Fair an important service. Aside from cholesterol and blood pressure tests, this edition will focus on alternatives to traditional medicine, such as Chinese herbs, Ohashiatsu, and reflexology. Other offerings at the 46th St. event include nutritional information, stress assessments and pamphlets on various health issues.
Among the many theatre organizations supporting the event are Actors' Equity, The Actors' Fund, IATSE, AFTRA, Theatre Development Fund, and Welfare Fund of Legitimate Theatre Employees B-183 (Ushers and Doormen).
Once the event ends, the Wellness Program Committee, assisted by The Actors' fund, will continue to present free programs, lectures and testings throughout the year. If you plan to attend the BWAY Fair (first come, first served), please dress "in comfortable, loose clothing) and go to the second floor of the Actors Equity Building, 165 West 46th St.
-- By David Lefkowitz