Residents in south Mobile County are invited to participate in an ongoing health initiative that will culminate Oct. 30 in a local event at BayouClinic.

The clinic is teaming up with Providence Hospital and the Bay Area Food Bank to sponsor a “fun and educational event” on Friday Oct. 30 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at BayouClinic.

The event, part of the “Bayou on the Move” initiative, is aimed at helping to improve the physical, financial and mental well being of the local community.

Bayou on the Move is a free health and wellness event that will be held at BayouClinic in Bayou la Batre on Oct. 30.

Bayou on the Move is a free health and wellness event that will be held at BayouClinic in Bayou la Batre on Oct. 30.

“Bayou on the Move” is part of a larger national partnership between Ascension, of which Providence is a member, and Feeding America to address food deserts and nutritional issues in the United States.

It is an ongoing initiative to improve the health of residents in Bayou La Batre and the surrounding communities in South Mobile County.

“Health does not occur only in the doctor’s office and hospital,” Dr. Regina Benjamin, Founder of BayouClinic, Inc. said “Health also occurs where we live, learn, work, play and pray.”

Consistent with the U.S. Surgeon General’s National Prevention Strategy, staying healthy also depends on other factors that influence health, such as housing, transportation, education and the availability of quality and affordable food.

Multiple service providers will be on site for the event on Oct. 30 for one-on-one engagement with anyone who wishes to learn more about their services or attend the classes offered.

Some of the day’s free activities include:

Credit, housing, and legal counseling
Healthy cooking classes
Free healthy food boxes for participants, provided by Bay Area Food Bank
Free flu shots
Blood sugar checks
Breast, eye, and skin cancer screenings
Mobile units from the Alabama Career Center and Mobile County Health Department Continuous fun walk featuring Live music from Alma Bryant High School Jazz Band

In a prepared statement, Benjamin said Bayou on the Move is hoping to “make healthy living fun” for the residents in South Mobile County.

BayouClinic is located at 13833 Tapia Ave. in Bayou la Batre.