By: Melissa A. Kay
October 12th marks a special and important day for residents of Wayne Township as the Wayne Township’s 41st Annual Health Fair will be open to all from 8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Wayne Valley High School’s accommodating gymnasium will be the go-to site for this much-anticipated event which is free to attend and enjoy. Approximately 200 health-minded people are expected to be there this year, proving how important health and wellbeing is to those of Wayne Township. That said, everyone is welcome, even those who do not live in Wayne Township. The Saturday morning event is appropriate for all ages (kids included) and there will be face painting for fun and therapy dogs on site as a teaching tool.
As per the Health Fair Coordinator, Aurea DeLeon, whose responsibility is to invite exhibitors to the health fair and to oversee the entire event, “One of the main purposes of the Wayne Health Department is to help all residents achieve healthier, more productive lives. The health department is committed to maintaining, protecting, and promoting the health of its residents through organized health promotion and disease prevention efforts.” This annual fair brings the community together to focus on just that, with flu vaccines available, which is so important as flu season soon approaches. In addition, the health fair will offer blood pressure, glucose, vision, chiropractic, and hearing screenings, body and pain assessments, nutrition and wellness information, physical therapy sessions, plus a safe place for people to drop off expired, unwanted, and unused medications.
DeLeon notes, “The Project Medicine Box will be there on the 12th. Everyone is welcome to safely dispose of prescription medications – particularly dangerous narcotics – to the medicine box temporarily available during the Wayne Health Fair. People can drop medications into the box for free and anonymously and be reassured that no one will steal them out of their medicine chest, and that they will be disposed of properly without harming the water supply. The Passaic County Sheriff’s Office is providing the medicine box for the event.” A drop-off such as this is so smart, allowing people to have peace of mind at home and elsewhere. Gather your meds and take them to the school for safe and sanitary disposal. Remind friends, family, and neighbors to do the same.
DeLeon adds, “Sandwiches will be provided at a certain time during the fair. It is on a first come, first serve basis. Participants of the SMAC Blood Screening (this one has a reasonable fee of $25) will also receive light refreshments, such as juices and cookies.” There will also be giveaways and raffles, with the prizes to be revealed on the day of the Health Fair, adding a bit of lighthearted entertainment to the otherwise educational event.
“At the health fair, residents will learn about the local organizations and resources that are available to them. Several screenings are also provided at no cost. Whether an individual has medical insurance or not, they are welcome to take advantage of the screenings offered during the fair,” explains DeLeon. So, don’t let your status stop you from attending the Health Fair, and take advantage of these special services. When it comes to health, any occasion to be informed is another step in the right direction.
This year’s Health Fair roster of enthusiastic exhibitors includes Wayne Health Department, Chilton Medical Center, St. Joseph’s Health, Chiropractic Source, Assisting Hands, Care One Wayne, Bright and Beautiful Therapy Dogs of N.J., Inc., and Christian Health Care Adult Day Services. All will have reps on hand as well as information for attendees.
For more information about Wayne Township’s 41st Annual Health Fair, or for help with any questions or concerns you may have prior to the event, please call 973-831-5455 or contact Aurea DeLeon at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wayne Township will provide free transportation services to and from the Wayne Township Annual Health Fair for residents of these three local senior citizen centers: Sisco Village, Siena Village, and Summer Hill.
Save the date (Oct. 12) and potentially save your life. The information as well as the screenings provided at the Health Fair are not to be taken for granted. When the community comes together for a good cause like this, take the time to take care of yourself. A few hours on a Saturday morning won’t interrupt your whole weekend, so you can come by, get checked out, and spend the rest of your day and Sunday in good spirits. Hope to see you there!