Pennington Biomedical's First Senior Black American Health Fair

Senior Black American Health FairFree Event Includes Health Screenings, Talks, Fun Activities, and Food!

For more information, contact Ted Griggs: 225-288-8840,

May 5, 2022

BATON ROUGE, Louisiana – Pennington Biomedical's first annual Senior Black American Health Fair is set for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 14, at the C.B. Pennington Jr. Conference Center, 6400 Perkins Road.

“We wanted to give something back to the African American community that experiences high rates of chronic diseases compared to many other ethnic groups. The health fair is designed to show the community that Pennington cares about their health and is doing something about it. People can learn more about their health status, discover ways to prevent chronic diseases, ask questions of experts, and engage in enjoyable activities and food.” said Robert L. Newton Jr., Ph.D., Associate Professor and Director of Pennington Biomedical’s Physical Activity & Ethnic Minority Health Lab.

The free event will feature fun activities, both indoors and out, including chair exercise, trainer demonstrations, corn hole, gardening, and virtual reality. Experts will provide information and Q&A about dementia, fall prevention, cancer, and cognitive impairment. There will also be free health screenings. Masks are required for indoor entry and encouraged outdoors. 
Pre-registration is recommended. For more information or to register, click here.

The speakers include:
• Dr. Rani Whitfield, Family Medicine, Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center
• Dr. Jason Bridges, Urology, Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center
• Dr. Owen Carmichael, Clinical Sciences, Pennington Biomedical Research Center
• Dr. Robert L. Newton, Jr., Population and Public Health, Pennington Biomedical Research Center

The event is sponsored by Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center, Our Lady of the Lake  Cancer Institute and Aetna.


About LSU’s Pennington Biomedical Research Center
The Pennington Biomedical Research Center is at the forefront of medical discovery as it relates to understanding the triggers of obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer, and dementia.  The Center architected the “Obecity, USA” awareness and advocacy campaign to help solve the obesity epidemic by 2040.  The Center conducts basic, clinical, and population research, and is affiliated with Louisiana State University.  The research enterprise at Pennington Biomedical includes over 480 employees within a network of 40 clinics and research laboratories, and 13 highly specialized core service facilities. Its scientists and physician/scientists are supported by research trainees, lab technicians, nurses, dietitians, and other support personnel.  Pennington Biomedical is located in state-of-the-art research facilities on a 222-acre campus in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  For more information, see .