BHSEC Newark Hosts First Health Fair and Panel Discussion

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Students distributing healthy snacks

On January 15, 2014, BHSEC Newark hosted its first Health Fair. Conjoining schools, parents and members of the community were invited to attend. Held during lunch, a time when students are making vital food choices, representatives from Horizon NJ Health conducted free blood glucose and pressure assessments with faculty and staff while Newark’s Department of Child and Family Wellbeing provided literature and held discussions regarding asthma and lead poisoning with students in the cafeteria. Chartwell, provider of breakfast and lunch for Newark Public School students, added to their already well-balanced meal options by sharing fruit and vegetables with all participants during the health fair.

Students created interactive “learning stations” where they shared healthy eating tips and detailed literature with their peers. One student station distributed healthy snacks that included tuna salad on crackers and aloe based beverages instead of sugary sodas.

In addition to the fair, students of the Social Science and Sustainability Course were invited to deepen the concept of improving health with a panel discussion hosted by local key health professionals and moderated by BHSEC Newark’s Dean of Students and Bard College alumnus, Dr. Dumaine Williams. The conversation ranged from affordable health care to the concepts of accessibility and “food deserts.” Students asked compelling questions which integrated topics that were raised during their class time. By engaging the local residential and school communities, BHSEC Newark is doing its part to educate on improved health for the benefit of the greater community.

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