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The health care statistics in America are frightening. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in 2009 46.3 million Americans did not have health insurance coverage. Families USA Publication reported in 2007 that more than 9 million children lack health insurance.

Half of all bankruptcies are caused by medical bills with three-quarters of those filings from the insured, according to Health Affairs in 2005. Health concerns can be a major source of stress for many, but you can help make a difference. By providing services for those without health insurance or access to health care, you can extend the love and hope of Christ to them.

Blood Pressure Checks

According to the American Heart Association, about 75 million people – nearly 1 in 3 - in the US age 20 and older have high blood pressure. High blood pressure is easily detected and controllable, yet many do not have the means to screen their blood pressure. By providing free blood pressure checks, you can help community members understand and maintain their health.
 
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Free Vision Checks

While eye doctors often recommend annual eye exams, many do not have insurance coverage for vision care, or health insurance at all. The price of an eye exam and prescription glasses can cost up to $200 and further deters people from getting their eyesight checked. By providing free vision screenings, you can help the public improve, protect, and preserve eyesight.
 
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Community Health Fair

A health fair provides a central location where members of the public can get useful information, receive health screenings, and interact with health care professionals in an informal environment. This project requires planning a few months in advance, but it will greatly benefit and educate those who cannot afford to pay for health care.
 
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Free Dental Checks

According to the American Dental Hygienist Association, nearly 75% of American adults suffer from various forms of gum disease without knowing it. More than 108 million Americans lack dental insurance – that is more than 2.5 times the number who lack medical insurance.
 
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Organize a Blood Drive

According to American Red Cross, every two seconds someone in the US needs blood and more than 38,000 blood donations are needed every day. Whether it is a child with leukemia, a mother with sickle cell disease or a cancer patient undergoing chemotherapy, blood is essential to save lives. By organizing a blood drive, you can help give live to others.
 
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Prepare and Serve Meals at Ronald McDonald House

Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) provides accommodation for families of serious ill or injured children. At a Ronald McDonald House, families are provided with home-cooked meals, private bedrooms, and playrooms for children. By helping to serve and prepare meals at House, you can help a struggling and hurting family feel like home. Alternatively, you can also volunteer at a Ronald McDonald Family Room located near a pediatric or intensive care unit. Hospitals are especially in need of volunteers during the holiday seasons.
 
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Give Caregivers a Break

According to the National Alliance for Caregiving study in 2009, more than 65 million Americans – 29% of the US population - care for loved ones with chronic illnesses, disabilities, or frailties that come naturally with aging. These caregivers spend an average of 20 hours weekly to provide care for their loved ones.
 
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