Newark Public Schools Hosts Spring Into Health Community Health Fair, Strengthening the Home-School-Community Connection

Newark, NJ, March 24, 2014 – Newark Public Schools’ Office of Early Childhood is organizing a district-wide health fair to encourage parents, extended family members and the community to learn about caring for their own and their children’s health. The aim is to inform parents of the importance of families living healthy lifestyles so young children can learn by example. As healthy children, they have a better chance of succeeding academically.

Newark Public Schools Early Childhood Executive Director Sandra Rodriguez stated, “We are so excited to offer children and families the opportunity to engage in one-stop shopping for all things health-related. The Early Childhood Nurses have organized a day of holistic and comprehensive offerings to ensure that the youngest learners have the healthiest beginnings. Our aim is to engage parents in the blueprints for healthy living and have them be the conduit for future learning at home. Healthy practices, as with all things, begin at home.”

Local hospitals will conduct health screenings, while other organizations will demonstrate and promote preventative programs, such as pediatric care. In addition, staff members who speak Spanish, Portuguese and French Creole will attend and materials in different languages will be available.
WHO: Newark Beth Israel, St. Michael’s, Clara Maass Hospital representatives, Newark Department of Child and Family Well Being, a variety of healthcare and community organizations, NPS Early Childhood nurses and staff, parents, young children and community members.

WHAT: Spring Into Health Community Health Fair – Strengthening the Home-School-Community Connection

WHEN: Wednesday, March 26, 2014, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
WHERE: Dr. Marion A. Bolden Student Center, 230 Broadway, Newark, NJ 07104