BK Health Expo 2015April 27, 2015
Improving healthcare remains an important topic of discussion both national and locally. However, better health is truly a journey that we must take together. Each year thousands of Brooklyn residents die because they fail to seek preventive health screenings, lack understanding of their risks for major health problems, face access barriers to care, and do not make lifestyle changes to improve their health. Thus, The Brooklyn Hospital Center (TBHC) has embarked on the challenge to keep the people of Brooklyn and greater New York healthy. We are pleased to, once again, partner with Long Island University (LIU) as health and education leaders to make the Downtown BK Community Health Expo a success. We understand the importance of collaborating with local community-based organizations and corporations to reduce health disparities and improve Brooklynites’ access to relevant screening and preventive care. This year's health expo will be held on Saturday, June 6, 2015 from 11am-3pm, conveniently located outside the hospital on Ashland Place between DeKalb Avenue and Willoughby Street.
As spring arrives, this is a wonderful opportunity and time of the year to be healthier as individuals, as families, and as a community. At TBHC, we appreciate Brooklyn residents entrusting their care to us and we look forward to sharing a day full of education, counseling, resources, screenings, fitness demonstrations, giveaways, excitement and entertainment. This health expo promises to be a wonderful event for people at all ages, and levels of health and physical activity.
Register for Healthy Fun at Your Own Pace!
At registration, attendees will receive a screening consent form and wellness passport to track their results and activities, as well as an event program to guide their visit. Since there will be so many fun, interactive things happening, they will be encouraged to have their passport stamped at the completion of their screenings, fitness demonstrations and educational activities.
Great Incentives & Rewards for Getting Healthy
Throughout the event, some participants will have a chance to win gift cards, tickets, raffles, door prizes, certificates to local gyms and other donated products, totaling over $3000 in prizes. Upon departure, the passport will assure that participants who took advantage of the free opportunities to be healthier are rewarded with a complimentary gift bag filled with premium donated items.
Free Fitness Offerings for the Entire Family
This event will allow attendees to experiment with healthy activities that they may have wondered about, but never tried such as: Bolly X, Hip Hop, Hula-hooping, Zumba, Senior Chair Aerobics, Wukkout (a Caribbean based dance fitness routine)Tai-Chi and Yoga. These fitness offerings will meet the physical activity needs of the entire family, allowing parents, grandparents and children to play and exercise together. For those looking for a bit of relaxation on their journey to better health, there will be free chair massages.
Free Fun Activities for Children
In addition to the fitness samplings, we will offer free fun activities for children and teens. These activities include: ambulance tour, bike safety tips, bouncy house double dutch jumping, human sized chess board game, mobile recreation unit, face painting, pony rides, rock climbing, soccer lessons, and animal presentation. The event will keep young minds active and engaged while adults are having their screenings!
“Brown Bag” Medication Reviews for Seniors
“Brown bag” medication reviews will be administered by community pharmacists from Walgreens and Duane Reade as a means of optimizing seniors’ use of medication and identifying medication-related problems. Seniors will be advised to bring their medications to the event so they can be reviewed.
Free Advice & Health Talks for Teens & Adults
Attendees will also be able to receive free clinical advice at TBHC “Chat with A Doc” station. A multidisciplinary team of physicians from TBHC and other leading health experts will be selected to present a series of culturally sensitive health lectures on the following topics:
Heart Disease — The Lowdown on High Blood Pressure: Tips on Staying Heart Healthy
Diabetes--Diabetes and Seniors: Why Aging is Not-So-Sweet?
HIV/AIDS/STI--Keeping Teens Health Connected & Safe: Stopping the Spread of STIs/HIV!
Healthy Aging--Dealing with Memory Loss and Sex after 50
Smoking Cessation--Stop Blowing Your Life Away!
Prostate Health—Learn About Treatment Options for Enlarged Prostate
Free Health Screenings, Assessments & Training
It is important for participants to know their screening results and to discuss their impact with a health professional at the expo, in an effort to take the right steps towards better health. The event will offer numerous prevention and screening stations such as:
- Blood pressure
- Blood Sugar
- BMI Assessment
- Cancer Screenings (clinical breast exam, cervical and colorectal screenings) Call Gloria Ayide @718.250.8709 to be seen on June 6th
- CPR Training for Adults and Children
- Dental and Oral Cancer
- ENT Screening (Adults & Infants)
- Foot Exams
- Hearing Testing
- Hepatitis C Testing
- HIV Testing
- Lung Function Testing
- Mental Health
- Vision and Glaucoma Screening
Free Health Information/Networking Opportunities (meeting the overall needs of the community)
Over 75 exhibitors/community-based organizations will be on hand to distribute outreach materials and educate the community about a variety of health and social issues affecting underserved populations. Attendees will meet professionals in: advanced directives/health care proxy, advocacy, breast health, children services, college access, child support, consumer protection, disaster preparedness, disease prevention & management, domestic violence, early intervention, fire safety, financial management, fitness/weight loss, food stamps/SNAP program, healthy eating, healthy parenting, HIV prevention, housing assistance, going green, LGBT programs, long-term care, job readiness, & training, mental health, managed care, natural products, reproductive health, safety prevention, senior services, skin, hair & dental care, substance abuse, tobacco education, veteran services, violence prevention and youth empowerment.
Free Healthy Cooking Demonstration, Taste Testing & Nutritional Drink Sampling
Taste-testing is an ideal way to promote healthier and more nutritious food and beverage options for children and the entire community. Nutrition professionals and local farmers will encourage residents to sample nutritional drinks, whole grains, seasonal vegetables and fruits, teaching the community healthy habits that will last a lifetime. Participants will walk away learning how to shop smarter, use nutrition information to make healthier choices, and cook delicious, affordable meals. Taste-testers will receive delicious recipes for healthy cooking at home along with a small give-away such as a sticker, pen, or water bottle for their participation.
Live Entertainment by DJ SPYNFO
Special Free Performances
National Double Dutch League, Royal Stepping Family of Mecca, Sesame Flyers African Dancers and Zhang Yuan Chinese Martial Arts.