Middlesex County Public Health Department Sponsoring Health Expo

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WOODBRIDGE—The Middlesex County Public Health Department will sponsor a free Health Expo from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 17 at Woodbridge Center Mall. Information and activities will be available for the whole family to enjoy.

Children can learn about chemical safety from “Wally the Wise Guy Turtle” and lead poisoning prevention from “Peter Paint.” They also can win prizes by playing health games.

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Adults can take advantage of a free blood pressure screening, as well as talk to health professionals about a number of different health programs. Free H1N1 flu vaccinations also will be available in both nasal and injectable vaccine forms.

Middlesex County Freeholder Deputy Director Ronald G. Rios, chair of the county’s Public Health and Education Committee, said: “Events like this are a great way to highlight some of the many health services that are available in Middlesex County. This Health Expo provides the public health department and its partners the opportunity to educate community members about important health concerns in an enjoyable environment. I encourage residents of all ages to attend this fun event.”

Members from the Medical Reserve Corps, Cancer Coalition and Rape Crisis Intervention Center will be on hand to answer questions and to register those who are interested in becoming volunteers.
Tables of free information will be displayed by the Middlesex County Public Health Department and other public health partners.

Participants include: the Middlesex County Mosquito Commission, who will display live mosquitoes and larvae for observation; MC Blue, the Middlesex County Improvement Authority’s recycling robot; the County Transportation Department, the County Division of Solid Waste Management; the Woodbridge Township Health and Human Services Department; the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence; Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital; and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.

David A. Papi, director-health officer of the Middlesex County Public Health Department, said: “Participants will be provided with education on public health programs, initiatives, preparedness and emergency response capabilities. I am encouraging county residents to participate in this event and to have fun while visiting the interactive exhibits and speaking with our public health staff.”


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