ELIZABETH – On Tuesday, May 1, Elizabeth Public Schools will hold its fifth 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 several competitions including Healthy Leap dance, poster, and public service announcement contests. Winners of these competitions will receive $500 scholarships.
Recording artist Charlie Vox will entertain students by performing her single “Lie Instead.” Professional soccer player Jeremy Vuolo of the New York Red Bulls, as well as other featured speakers, will also be on hand to urge students to “take a healthy leap.”
The health expo is sponsored by Gateway Regional Chamber of Commerce, Trinitas Regional Medical Center, AmeriHealth New Jersey, Overlook Medical Center, and Northfield Bank.