Iscol Scholars hold health fair in Brooklyn
August 6, 2012
Saturday, July 28 the Iscol summer Scholars who are in the Cornell Urban Semester Summer in NYC held a health fair at Nuestros Ninos in Brooklyn as part of their public service mission. The fair included (among other things) opportunities for exercise and healthy snacks for kids and parents, screening for hypertension and hyperglycemia, and information about dental hygine, asthma, and diabetes. One of the main focuses of the fair was to better connect Woodhull Medical Center with the Latino community in North Brooklyn.
They were able to screen over 70 community members for blood glucose, cholesterol, and blood pressure. The dental screenings and asthma peak flow tests were equally successful with the children and adults who came to the event. Several people who had borderline/high test values were referred to the clinic for follow up appointments. One patient was even directed to go to the ER for her extremely high BP. Councilwoman Diana Reyna and Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez also came to get themselves checked up!
The Zumba and yoga instructors were both very popular with the crowd, as were the artists who came in from Woodhull Medical Center to do facepainting and crafts. The jump rope and hula hoop competition was also a hit with every child going home with a hula hoop and jump rope.
Cornell Chronicle article on the event.