Back To School Health Fair Helps Plainfield Students Start New Year On The Right Foot

PLAINFIELD – Families are invited to attend the Back to School Health Fair on Saturday, Sept. 14, from 12-5 p.m. outside Black United Fund Health & Human Services (BUF) offices located at 403 West 7th Street in Plainfield.

The free event, which BUF Health & Human Services is hosting jointly with Horizon NJ Health and Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, will feature Horizon’s Care-A-Van, a mobile medical unit staffed by community nurses that will be providing blood pressure, gluclose and cholesterol screenings to adults 19 and older.

In addition, Horizon staff will be on hand, teaching people of all ages to lead a healthier lifestyle by eating right and finding fun ways to exercise. Horizon’s Dancing for Your Health® program, which advocates the use of dance as a fun and free way to exercise, has been nationally recognized for its efforts, and the Horizon staff will be teaching participants the “Horizon Slide.”

Horizon’s mascot, “NJ,” is also scheduled to appear. NJ is an avid dancer, and has a unique way of reaching out to kids and teaching them ways to lead a healthier lifestyle.

Horizon’s team of health educators will also be present, offering various programs designed to improve health outcomes. Topics to be covered include: asthma, diabetes, nutrition and childhood obesity, cancer screenings and prevention, dental health, and lead poisoning prevention. There will also be a skin analysis machine on the premises to show community members their risk of developing skin cancer and to emphasize the importance of protecting oneself from the sun’s rays.

“We are committed and in tune with the needs of the community we service,” said Sondra Clark, BUF Health & Human Services Director. “We believe that educating our community members about their health and ways to improve it is an important step towards bettering the quality of life in our neighborhoods.”

Several elected officials are expected to attend, as is Milly Silva, the Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor.

(BUF) operates two pre-school facilities with more than 300 students, an afterschool program and a summer camp in Plainfield,


Care-A-Vans and the health professional team, known as Team NJ, participated in more than 460 health events, screenings and educational programs in communities across New Jersey.


BUF previously hosted events with public officials such as a grand opening event for its second preschool in 2009, which was attended by former Gov. Jon Corzine, and United States Senator Robert Menendez’s February 2012 public hearing on foreclosure.

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