Community health fair brings fun and health education to Canarsie

A healthy snack: Lisa Davis and Lora Pinahasova handed out crunchy apples to raise awareness for a healthy diet at a community health fair in Canarsie on July 29.
Photo by Steve Solomonson

It was an afternoon of fun and health.

Hundreds of Canarsie residents came out for a day of dancing, face painting, and health education at the Community Health Fair on July 29. The event, organized by home-care provider Four Seasons Health Care and the 69th Precinct, offered local the chance to have a fun-filled afternoon while learning more about health and safety, according to a local pol who attended the event.

“A lot of people came after church, so they were appreciative that there was something on a Sunday afternoon that they could bring their kids to — and not only for kids to have fun with the face painting and the activities, but also for them to receive educational information,” said state Sen. Roxanne Persaud (D–Canarsie).

The event, which featured giveaways and dance competitions, attracted around 200 visitors, according to the organizer.

“It was a very nice and well-rounded event and a chance to really connect with the local community,” said Mordechai Heller, Four Seasons Health Care’s director of business development.

Visitors got health screenings for blood pressure, blood sugar, and body mass index, as well as information about nutrition and diabetes and weight management.

Four Seasons Health Care had a number of stands to promote its health services, and reminded visitors that even if they didn’t think they needed them, they may know someone who might, according to a staff member at the event.

“There’s people that stop by and say ‘I’m young, I’m in my 50s, I don’t need home care services,’ and you let them know, you might not need it, but you might have a loved one or neighbor or friend that might need some type of home-care services department,” said Melissa Kalloo, an account manager for Four Seasons Health Care.

The activity-filled health fair was so engaging that it kept some locals around for the whole afternoon, according to Kalloo.

“I had a woman stop by the table and tell me she was only supposed to stop by for an hour she and her mom didn’t leave until the end,” she said.

Reach reporter Kevin Duggan at (718) 260–2511 or by e-mail at kduggan@cnglocal.com. Follow him on Twitter @kduggan16.
Fun at the fair: Raphal Corpuz proudly shows off his painting skills.
Photo by Steve Solomonson

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