Last week health educator Laura Engelmann and intern Brittney Reilly attended the Multicultural Awareness Community Health Fair in the Atlantic City Municipal Building. They interacted with approximately 135 people, providing Health Fair attendees with a sample of fresh fruit along with literature encouraging the use of more fruits and vegetables in their diet. There were a few people that couldn’t identify the fruits in the fruit salad, and even more that admitted to needing to add fresh fruit to their diet. The event was also attended by several organizations including the Atlantic City Health Department, which provided Diabetes and Heart Disease screenings, Southern NJ Perinatal Cooperative, the Atlantic County Department of Health, WIC, SNAP, Family Services, and Southern Jersey Family Medical Centers. Atlantic City Mayor Lorenzo Langford, as well as other city officials, were in attendance.
Our next “food demo” is tentatively scheduled for May 16, 2013, at the Atlantic City High School East Campus (Viking Academy) from 10:00-2:00.
Health Fair attendees shared their experiences in the ongoing walking challenge sponsored by the ShapingNJ grant. One city employee has already lost weight and as a result has had to have her pants taken in. The walking challenge is to conclude on May 15, 2013. As an extra incentive to the participants, the workers union, Atlantic City White Collar Professional Association, has agreed to add $100 in ShopRite gift certificates to the drawing for an additional four $25 winners.