The North Bergen Free Public Library hosted their bi-annual Health and Wellness Fair on Saturday, December 10, at the new downtown Recreation Center and Library located at the corner of Kennedy Boulevard and 13th Street.
Hundreds of residents attended the event, receiving free physical checkups and medical screenings on site, including diabetes testing, blood pressure, pulse, pulse oxygen, BMI checkups, and free vision testing.
“It was wonderful to see so many residents of all ages take a proactive approach to their health, something which gets more and more important as folks get older,” said Library Executive Director Sai Rao. “We want to give residents all of the information they need to start the New Year off right and recommit to healthy lifestyles.”
In addition to Executive Director Rao, Mayor Nicholas Sacco also attended the event to greet residents and thank the dozens of participating organizations, along with Public Safety Commissioner Allen Pascual, Hudson County Commissioner Anthony Vainieri, Township Administrator Janet Castro, and other Township officials.
“At this time of year it’s very easy to forget ourselves and overindulge, which makes it all the more challenging to begin those New Year’s resolutions,” said Sacco. “By providing residents with crucial information about their health, we are empowering and encouraging them to make healthy choices in 2023.”
Residents also received free prescription eyeglasses and sunglasses following their vision tests. Meanwhile kids enjoyed free face-painting and the library offered free meditation training upstairs.
The event was held in partnership with Hackensack Meridian Palisades Medical Center Representatives, the Sri Sathya Sai International Organization, and several local and national organizations, offering attendees free information on a wide range of health issues as well as referrals and giveaways.
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