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Residents of Mamaroneck and other Sound Shore communities participated in a fun and educational day of health awareness on Saturday, June 6 at the Access to Care Health Fair in Mamaroneck. Adults took advantage of health screenings and informational exhibits while children enjoyed dancing, games and healthy snacks.
Hosted by St. Thomas Episcopal Church, the fair was organized by the Rye YMCA and the Larchmont-Mamaroneck Hispanic Resource Center, leaders of Healthier Mamaroneck and Mamaroneck Cares. Event sponsors included:
Residents who stopped by the church found representatives of more than 20 health and social service agencies, many with bilingual staff ready to conduct screenings and answer questions. By mid-afternoon when the fair ended, 281 screenings had been conducted in the church’s main hall, in mobile clinics in the parking lot, and in more private rooms. Paper and pencil risk assessments for type 2 diabetes was the most popular stop on the circuit, following closely by dental exams, blood pressure screenings, and glucose testing. People who were found to have health concerns or risks were referred for follow-up care.
Participating organizations included:
Several retailers and organizations, including Trader Joe’s, ShopRite, U.S. Foods, Walgreens and Greenwich Hospital, donated fruit, yogurt, granola bars and water.
Laura Tiedge, the Rye YMCA’s Senior Director of Healthy Living and the chairperson of Healthier Mamaroneck, remarked “Unlike neighboring communities, Mamaroneck residents don’t have easy access to affordable one-stop health care. We wanted to give people the opportunity to look at their health in a holistic way, and to learn about the many services that do exist in their community. We hope that we’ve inspired people to take control of their health and to seek out whatever care they and their families need.”
Healthier Mamaroneck is a committee of Mamaroneck Cares, a strong and proactive community coalition that brings together local leaders, health and social service providers and residents to respond to the needs to low-income families and individuals living in Mamaroneck.
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