2012 Safeway Waterfront Blues Fest to offer FREE health screenings

Health NetStop by Health Net Pavilion to check for hepatitis C, glaucoma, hearing, blood pressure, diabetes and vision tests - and get a massage!

PORTLAND, Ore. (June 24, 2012) — How’s your health?  Stop by the Health Net Pavilion for FREE health screenings during the 2012 Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival, presented by First Tech Federal Credit Union, July 4-8, at Tom McCall Waterfront Park.

“Health Net is thrilled to support the 2012 Safeway Waterfront Blues Fest,” said Chris Ellertson, president, Health Net of Oregon. “Oregon Food Bank is a vital resource to our communities.”

The Caring Ambassadors Program will offer free screenings for hepatitis C. The Lions Club Mobile Testing Unit will provide free health screenings for glaucoma, hearing, blood pressure, blood glucose (a test for diabetes) and visual acuity. You’ll also find ear plugs for sensitive ears.

Staffed by Lions Club volunteers, the Lions Club Mobile Testing Unit is air-conditioned and provides a clean, private and quiet environment for health screenings. Staff will recommend health and preventive measures based on test results and will also conduct interviews on heartburn and heartburn treatment. A pharmacist diabetes educator will be available for consultation to discuss diabetes care and treatment.

Hepatitis C affects four to five million Americans. One in 33 baby boomers has hepatitis C and about 75 percent are unaware of their status. CDC recommends every baby boomer get tested once. Hepatitis C can go undetected for many years, resulting in severe liver disease and liver cancer. Early detection and treatment can lead to a cure. Visit with one of the Caring Ambassadors’ volunteers to find out how easy it is to know your status.

Celebrating their 10th year at the festival, Bridge City Massage will offer chair and table massages. Cost is only $1 per minute, and Bridge City Massage will contribute 50 percent to Oregon Food Bank to help fight hunger. 

Participants must sign a release form to receive health screenings.

About the Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival
Oregon Food Bank’s Waterfront Blues Festival will celebrate its 25th anniversary. The 2012 Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival, presented by First Tech Federal Credit Union, is produced and operated by Oregon Food Bank, a charitable nonprofit, with the help of two thousand volunteers to raise food and funds to help people who are hungry throughout Oregon and Clark County, Wash. It is Oregon Food Bank’s largest fundraiser.

Entry to the Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival is a suggested donation of $10 (or more) plus two cans of food (or more) per person per day, making this festival one of the great entertainment bargains of the summer. “…the cheapest entrance fee of all the festivals on this [top ten USA Festivals) list,” according to Essential Travel magazine.

One hundred percent of these donations support Oregon Food Bank’s mission to eliminate hunger and its root causes.

Special passes also are available that  include guaranteed admission, even when festival gates close due to capacity, as well as other VIP benefits. Donors who purchase special passes in advance receive a special collector’s button to wear. For more information and to purchase passes, visit www.oregonfoodbank.org.

Festival sponsors  
The 2012 Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival is presented by First Tech Federal Credit Union.

Major sponsors include: The Oregonian, KINK.fm, iQ Credit Union, FedEx, KIA Motors, Schnitzer Steel, Pepsi, Miller Lite, Deschutes Brewery, Mission Foods.

Supporting sponsors include: Schwindt & Co., NW Natural, Regal Cinemas, The Boeing Company, Health Net, Caring Ambassadors Program, OregonLive.com and Delta Music Experience (DME), EcoShuttle, SmartPark, Good Neighbor Pharmacy, Earth2o Water, Chateau Ste. Michelle, Frito Lay, Yoshida, Dave’s Killer Bread, Dreyer’s, Larabar, Cascadian Farms, KBOO, Music Millennium, Oregon Music News, PrimePay, Sunbelt Rentals, Maverick Marketing, Portland Community College, Cascade Blues Association, Winthrop Rhythm & Blues Festival, Karolyn H. March, attorney, Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, Cascade Zydeco Association, RiverPlace Hotel, Hotel Fifty, Marriott Hotel, Portland North Harbour Collection by Marriott, St. Stephens Table.

The Waterfront Blues Festival is owned and operated by Oregon Food Bank.

About Oregon Food Bank
Oregon Food Bank believes no one should be hungry. With sufficient public will and support of the entire community, OFB believes it is possible to eliminate hunger and its root causes. Since 1982, Oregon Food Bank has been leading the fight against hunger in Oregon and Clark County, Wash., by collecting and distributing food through a network of four OFB branches and 16 independent regional food banks.

The OFB Network helps nearly 1 in 5 households fend off hunger. OFB also leads statewide efforts to increase resources for hungry families and to eliminate the root causes of hunger through advocacy, nutrition education, garden education and helping communities strengthen local food systems. Last year, the OFB Network distributed more than 1 million emergency food boxes throughout Oregon and southwest Washington. For more information, visit www.waterfrontbluesfest.com.

For more information

• Visit www.waterfrontbluesfest.com
• Subscribe to Blues E-News at www.waterfrontbluesfest.com
• Like the festival at www.facebook.com/waterfrontbluesfest
• Follow the festival at www.twitter.com/waterfrontblues.