Woodland Park hosting health fair

Published: Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 2:16 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 2:16 p.m.

The Woodland Park Boys and Girls Club will be hosting the inaugural Fun-N-Sun Jamboree with free health screenings, healthy food and children's activities.



What: The first ever Fun-N-Sun Jamboree, with health screenings, information, children’s activities and food.
When: 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Feb. 9.
Where: Woodland Park Boys and Girls Club, 1900 SE 4th St.
Information: Call 352-377-8003.

The Fun-N-Sun Jamboree will be held from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Feb. 9 at club at 1900 SE 4th St. It is free and open to the public.

Natalya Bannister, Southeast area director of the Boys and Girls Club of Alachua County, said the Fun-N-Sun Jamboree will combine a health fair with a family day that will feature fun activities for children. She said there will be local agencies offering information about their services and those attending can enjoy healthy foods.

"Combining health education and resources with family day makes sense," said Bannister, "because we want to make sure families have fun while we offer them the resources they need for a better health outcome."

Anthony Pierce, outreach coordinator at the Boys and Girls Club of Alachua County, said the health fair will take place inside the center, while on the grounds, family day will feature adult-supervised children's activities.

Pierce said the health fair portion of the jamboree will be sponsored by the University of Florida Minority Association of Pre-Health Students, or MAPS, while the family day portion will be sponsored by the UF Black Student Union.

"We partnered with MAPS so that children will have fun while learning about being healthy at the same time," said Takiyah Tuggerson, director of family day and a member of the UF Black History Student Union. She said children will enjoy a bounce house, a playground, face painting and other activities. Everyone will be treated to healthy food, including ham and turkey subs, fruit, juice, granola bars and other healthy snacks.

Aoleonne K. Joseph, director of the health fair for MAPS, said there will be health screenings, including blood glucose and blood pressure, HIV/AIDS testing, sickle cell disease information, activities focusing on health prevention, information about medication dosage and the importance of proper dosage, an opportunity to donate blood, safety information for children and safety information for the home.

Participating agencies will include, but are not limited to, the UF College of Medicine Mobile Clinic, Streetlight, Minority HIV/AIDS program at the Alachua County Health Department, UF College of Pharmacy students, Gainesville Police Department, March of Dimes, American Heart Association Relay for Life, LifeSouth Bloodmobile and Pleasant Place, a home for pregnant and parenting teens who are victims of abuse or neglect or who are homeless.

"The more people that show up, the merrier," Joseph said. "We want to touch as many people as we can."

Tuggerson said 150-200 people are expected to attend the event.

"Anyone can come and leave with something they've learned," Tuggerson said. "Family day is a way to give back to the kids and the community."

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