Moffitt Cancer Center presents Health Disparities and HOOPS

June 22, 2009

Tampa, FL– Knowledge is Power, a Moffitt Cancer Center program in partnership with Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Libraries, presents Health Disparities and HOOPS July 11 at the University Area Community Center, 14013 N. 22nd St.

            KIP is a healthy lifestyle program for the community that promotes wellness tips with activities in a fun, friendly environment for the family. “My goal is to help contribute to a healthier Tampa Bay and educate on cancer awareness and prevention through the KIP program and the Kidz program.” said Nikki Ross Inda,community outreach liaison and patient navigator at Moffitt. “Through our programs, we advocate the use of our public libraries as a free resource to the community.”

            Twenty vendors will offer free basic health screenings. Attendees who register can enter a contest to win prizes such as Rays tickets, an autographed Rays baseball, gift certificates and a Tony Dungy autographed book.

            This family-oriented, free program starts at 10 a.m. with an opening ceremony that will include the national anthem, an ROTC routine and short presentations from Moffitt doctors. KIP HOOPS registration begins at 11 a.m. Attendees must show their library cards and sign a smoke-free pledge card to register. Members from the library will be on-site to register participants who are not yet in the library system. “Spiderman” will make a special appearance between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Participants can take part in instructional basketball drills during the open gym from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Then they can test their skills with a slam dunk contest, three point shoot out and free throw contest.

            Attendees will also enjoy food, music and Zumba at the event sponsored in part by University Area Community Development Corporation, Inc. For additional information, contact Nikki Ross Inda at (813) 745-6618 or Nikki.Ross@Moffitt.org.

About H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute

Located in Tampa, Florida, Moffitt Cancer Center  is an NCI Comprehensive Cancer Center - a designation that recognizes Moffitt’s excellence in research and contributions to clinical trials, prevention and cancer control. Moffitt currently has 15 affiliates in Florida, one in Georgia and two in Puerto Rico. Additionally, Moffitt is a member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, a prestigious alliance of the country’s leading cancer centers, and is listed in U.S. News & World Report as one of “America’s Best Hospitals” for cancer. Moffitt’s sole mission is to contribute to the prevention and cure of cancer.

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