"For many families, this is an opportunity to be screened for any respiratory problems." Julie Bazan, executive director of the Area Health Education Center, says this is the 13th annual free screening program. Families came to Mall Del Norte to get screened for asthma which organizers say was an opportunity parents were happy to have. "Some of the parents that we have talked to so far are very appreciative because with the way the economy is today. Sometimes we do not have the means to go visit the doctor." In addition, many do not have the insurance to maintain wellness, that's why those who are diagnosed here are referred to doctors who will help continue their care. "Some of the results have been somewhat indicative that some of the children or adults have respiratory problems." After seeing the response from the community for the past 13 years and the people they've helped live better lives, the center plans to continue offering this service. "This is only one way that we at AHEC can contribute to the community."