Girl Scout fights childhood obesity

Emily Ramos hosted a health fair

The outdoor health fair observed COVID-19 guidelines.
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The outdoor health fair observed COVID-19 guidelines.

Bayonne Girl Scout Emily Ramos hosted a health fair for children in conjunction with the Robert Wood Johnson Barnabas Health Wellness on Wheels (W.O.W.) program.

Ramos is an Ambassador Girl Scout from Troop 12052. The fair took place in October in the  Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church parking lot.

Ramos organized the project to earn the Gold Award, the highest in the Girl Scouts. It’s earned by completing projects that promote community service, personal growth, positive values, and leadership skills.

The theme was healthy eating habits and good nutrition to prevent childhood obesity.

Eat right!

The outdoor fair featured informational tables and presentations by nutritionists from RWJ Barnabas Health. Girl Scouts led hands-on activities that addressed sugar content in popular beverages, the importance of eating fruits and vegetables in the colors of the rainbow, and the benefits of whole grains.

Children received gift bags with information on nutrition, fun activities, and tips and recipes promoting healthy eating. Families received bags with fresh fruits and vegetables, juices, smoothies, whole grain products, and snacks.

The fair included a yoga session by a certified instructor. Jersey City Department of Health and Human Services provided information about the importance of screening for various health conditions.

The large parking lot enabled social distancing; participants wore masks, used hand sanitizer, were screened, and had their temperature taken upon entering.

Ramos is a senior at Bayonne High School, member of the swim team, and National Honor Society.

When COVID-19 made it impossible to continue volunteering at Liberty Science Center, Ramos volunteered at Jersey Cares, Hunger Free, and Jersey City Medical Center. She has volunteered at the Bayonne Soup Kitchen, Unico, and taught swimming to children with special needs.

Ramos plans to start college next year and study healthcare.

She’s grateful to the following health fair sponsors: RWJ Barnabas Health, Hunger Free, Tropicana, ShopRite, Stop & Shop, E&S Foods, Costco, Oriental Trading, Staples, Bayonne for Bayonne, Jersey City Department of Health and Human Services, BJ’s Wholesale Club, and CVS; to Father Zenon Boczek for allowing the use of the church parking lot; and to Jean Styles and Christine Peters, her Girl Scout leaders, for their help and continued support.

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