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      Amigos hosts free health fair for customers

      Before taking a walk down the dessert aisle, Amigos United offered free blood pressure checks and diabetes screenings at the front door.

      But according to Dietitian Alicia Jerome, that's not the only service they offer.

      "We're also helping customers shop healthier at Amigos," Jerome said.

      Jerome said the group from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center prepared to help nearly 100 participants, but had enough equipment to take more.

      Larry Scheller a frequent shopper at United said, "Anytime anyone in the public offers you the chance to get your health checked, I think that's vital. You know you only live once."

      Amigos is part of the Untied Supermarket family which offers free health clinics twice a year. Jerome said the decision to host them at a grocery store is simple.

      "Having a health fair at a grocery store where people are regularly, they probably see us more than they see a doctor so it's nice to even just check in even if they have a doctor they see regularly," Jerome said.

      S cheller said this isn't his first health fair and that he takes these screenings serious, so serious he signs up for 'Build a Better Basket' classes offered by United Market on Georgia Street throughout the year.

      The classes are free and held by dietitians.