Health fair’s purpose is to increase awareness of good health and chronic disease risk reduction strategies
NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. (April 28, 2017) — The City School District of New Rochelle will hold a community health fair at New Rochelle High School on Saturday, May 13 from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., marking the successful conclusion to a weeklong series of school fitness events encouraging students, faculty and staff to be better aware of good health and chronic disease risk reduction strategies.
The fair will feature over 15 health and fitness events to the reinforce importance of living a healthy lifestyle.
“From the youngest, to the oldest and everyone in-between, this is about creating healthy families and a healthy community,” said Tilsa Rodriguez-Gonzalez, the district’s director of health and physical education. “We want people to come and see what’s happening in New
Rochelle. There are so many great organizations dedicated to providing ways to help make our community healthier.”
One of the fair’s goals is to increase awareness of and — on a local level — help diminish the expected projections for 2030 which say that one-half of the nation will be obese, putting people at risk for heart disease, diabetes and other health issues.
Another goal is for participants to have fun while learning new health and fitness tips.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, children and adolescents should participate in 60 minutes or more of daily physical activity to improve overall health and fitness, and reduce the risk for many chronic diseases.
There will be over 30 vendors on site to provide free health screenings and information, and fitness workshop demonstrations.
To encourage exercise, there are 10 scheduled fitness events including: Zumba, yoga, a “Costume Run,” and a handball tournament. In addition there will be soccer, football and golf clinics and boot camps. They are intended to introduce people to new fitness regimens.
There will also be healthy food tasting opportunities from eateries such as Green
Life, The Only Mart and more.
“This health fair will offer our school and the greater New Rochelle community opportunities to become even more educated on the importance of making healthy choices when it comes to exercise and diet,” said Rodriguez-Gonzalez.
In addition to face painting and other fun children’s activities, participating vendors are: Aflac, the Alzheimer’s Association/Hudson Valley, the American Heart Association, the NYC Chapter of Black Nurses Rock, the Boys and Girls Club, CrossFit Pop, Down to Earth Farmers Market, Eastchester EMS, Eastern Mountain Sports, Fro-yo and Girls Inc.
Also participating are: Good Things & Stuff, Hard Bodies Extreme Fitness, Iona College Marriage and Family Therapy, Jungle Gym Martial Arts, Lincoln Park Grow, the Melanoma Foundation, Montefiore Hospital/ New Rochelle, My Sister’s Place, NCHPAD Inclusive Communities, New York Life, New York Presbyterian Hospital and New Rochelle Parks and Recreation.
Additional participants are: Pinebrook Fitness, Shoprite, Smart Step Fitness, Soul Cycle Sports Clinics, SYYK, Tailor-Made Health, The Club at Pinebrook Fitness, YMCA and
Zumba fitness with Maria.
‘It’s never too late to learn about healthy habits and make long lasting healthy lifestyle changes,” said Rodriguez-Gonzalez. “Our school district’s mission includes doing all that we can to ensure our students, their families and the community-at-large have the best possible information to help with healthy lifestyle choices. This health fair does just that.”
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About the City School District of New Rochelle
With nearly 11,000 students in 10 schools, the City School District of New Rochelle, through an active partnership amongst community, parents, staff and students, provides a high-quality and challenging education for every child, in a safe, nurturing environment that embraces rich diversity and drives success.