More than 400 people attended the first annual Living Well Together Community Health Fair, which was held April 8 in the gymnasium of St. Michael’s School in Newark.
School staff planned the event as a way to include the community in a celebration of the school’s 50th anniversary. The health fair also gave students and members of the community a greater awareness of the importance of prevention and early detection in a variety of health issues.
Forty-two vendors presented health-related exhibits at the fair, which was held during the school day for students and opened to the community at 3 p.m. The school offered a free ziti dinner during the fair for those who brought a nonperishable food item. More than 100 people took advantage of this offer, and the school collected 229 pounds of food, which was later donated to local food pantries. Twelve sponsors also donated goods and services, and several items were raffled.
The school plans to hold another health fair next year, and has tentatively scheduled it for early April.