Eat right. Be active. See the doctor. Quit smoking – or, better yet, don’t start.
Getting healthy through those and other steps will be the theme of a free health fair in the Kensington-Bailey neighborhood Wednesday sponsored by the Independent Health Foundation’s Good for the Neighborhood program.
The event is part of the Buffalo Promise Neighborhood plan to improve life in part of the 14215 ZIP code area, roughly bounded by the University at Buffalo South Campus, Westminster Community Charter School and Bennett High School.
The health fair is a hands-on approach that focuses on changing behaviors and improving the quality of life for adults and children where access to health care is limited due to barriers related to race, education, income or geography.
The fair will be held from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in Westminster Community Charter School, 24 Westminster Ave. It will provide free health information, training programs, learning tools and free access to medical experts in the neighborhood,
Participants can sign up for a free six-week nutrition and weight-loss class, try healthy food samples from a local restaurant and get free fruit and vegetables. There also will be one-on-one nutrition counseling available, free health screenings and activities for kids.
“All those different disease states – diabetes, breast cancer, senior health issues, parenting issues, heart disease – we put it all under the Good for the Neighborhood program and adopt these neighborhoods over an extended period of time,” said Carrie Meyer, executive director of the foundation.
The plan includes a new early childhood center, rehabilitation of dilapidated homes, and social and health services to aid residents from the cradle to college and beyond.
For more information on the health fair, call the Independent Health Foundation at 635-4959. Residents do not need to be members of Independent Health to participate in Good for the Neighborhood activities.