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Horsemen's Health Fair at Arlington Park, June 5 & 6, 2006
EXPORT Center for Excellence in Rural Health To Gather Important Health Information
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (June 6, 2006) -- Sponsored and organized by the EXPORT Center for Excellence in Rural Health from University of Illinois-Rockford, Arlington Park will host a two-day Horsemen's Health Fair on Monday, June 5 and Tuesday, June 6 from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. each day in the backstretch area of the track. All licensed horsemen are eligible to participate in the health fair, and “backstretch" workers are specifically being targeted.
The Horsemen’s Health Fair is Phase I of a two-year pilot grant for the research project entitled, Determining Health Status and Health Disparities of an Embedded Rural Population being conducted by Karin J. Opacich, Project EXPORT Director and Assistant Director of the National Center for Rural Health Professions. There will be numerous screening stations including: body measurements, vital signs, glucose/cholesterol, peak flow, TB, and agricultural safety; and the event will yield important health status data.
Phase II will entail interviews and surveys of the backstretch population to gain a better understanding of health literacy, health behaviors, and health needs.
The mission of Project EXPORT is to identify, reduce, and eliminate health disparities in rural and underserved populations through research, education, and community service.
Project EXPORT has five goals:
* EXPORT is an acronym for excellence in community outreach, research, and training.
Arlington Park -- the Chicago area's premier Thoroughbred racetrack located in Arlington Heights, Ill. -- will run a 95-day meet in 2006 from Friday, May 5 through Tuesday, Sept. 12. Arlington Park, whose parent company is Churchill Downs Incorporated (Nasdaq: CHDN), also operates eight off-track, simulcast-wagering facilities: Trackside Arlington Park (Arlington Heights), Trackside Quad City Downs (East Moline), Trackside Chicago, Trackside McHenry, Trackside Rockford, Trackside South Beloit, Trackside Waukegan and Lucky's featuring Trackside OTB in South Elgin. Information on Arlington Park can be found online at www.arlingtonpark.com.
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