2009 Men’s Club Community Health Fair and Green Festival Program

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In 2007, the Men’s Club at B’nai Israel sponsored the first “Healthy Choices Health Fair” for our congregation and the community. Over 350 people registered for event. We worked with local health care merchants, doctors, and service providers to enable the Fair to be as diverse as possible. As a result nearly 40 health care-related vendors set up exhibits in the main social hall; nearly 100 flu shots were given; and about 24 doctors and fitness experts participated in a unique “Ask-the-Doctor” speaker and demonstration series. Lots of “healthy” snacks were donated by a local grocery store. In addition, about 200 coronary artery screenings were done, 90 hearing checks were given, and over 40 children were finger printed courtesy of the police. Building on the success in 2007, the Men’s Club partnered with the B’nai Israel Green Committee to expand the health fair to include a “Green Festival” in 2008. “Healthy Choices for you and for our Environment” was our motto of the “Healthy Choices Health Fair and Green Festival” event in 2008. Again, nearly 400 people attended this successful 4-hour event. Congregational interest in these events has been phenomenal and support for more such programs is high.