ELIZABETH — On Tuesday, May 10, Elizabeth Public Schools will hold its fourth annual Healthy Leap into Summer health expo in collaboration with organizers Gateway Regional Chamber of Commerce President James R. Coyle and Trinitas Regional Medical Center Vice President of Clinical Services, Nancy DiLiegro, PhD.
The health expo, which is the largest teen obesity awareness program in the U.S. according to the United States Department of Health and Human Services, will be held at the Dunn Sports Center. The one-day program is designed to promote healthy lifestyles to high school students while addressing the epidemic of teen obesity.
At the event, more than 2,000 students will participate in workshops, receive health screenings, view food demonstrations, and have the opportunity to peruse interactive exhibits provided by organizations from Elizabeth and the surrounding community. Students will also participate in a rally and competitions including dance and jump rope contests. Winners of these competitions will receive $500 scholarships.
This year, the Health Expo welcomes Julianna White, Miss New Jersey USA, who is very active in the fight against breast cancer through the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation. She will address students at the rally portion of the event and provide information on breast health awareness.
Recording artist Jessica Ferguson will entertain students by performing her newly released single “Go.” Professional sports figures, as well as other dignitaries will be on hand to urge students to take a “healthy leap.”
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