imageWith its Garden Party over and its honors collected, the Health Initiative – you know, those caring lesbians once known as the Atlanta Lesbian Health Initiative – is getting back to basics. And it’s not all about the boobs, either. It’s a health fair for all on Saturday and the best part? It’s free.

The group is once again partnering with Piedmont HealthCare to smear that pap, prod your prostate, tell you to eat Cheerios to lower your bad cholesterol and squeeze your arm with that Velcro wrap thing to convince you that blood pressure is not a number that’s best when its higher than your weight. Oh, they’ll check that, too.

imageHere’s how this works: The four-hour effort unfolds on Saturday (Oct. 22) inside some medical offices at Atlantic Station. (Yes, feel free to stick around after and shop or better yet, hit the gym.) The easy stuff – checks of blood pressure, glucose and cholesterol and a reading of your body mass index – are on demand. Show and they will do. But the others – pap smears, prostate exam, flu shots and clinical breast exams – need an appointment but the services are free, too.

The health fairs have proven popular since the Health Initiative organized its first one in 2009. During it, they conducted 75 health screenings and 18 clinical breast exams.

Photos by Jennifer Nicole Studios