On Saturday, November 15th over 250 people from the community came to enjoy the St. Francis Health and Wellness Day. This free event provided flu shots and physicals for uninsured children, educational programs for diabetes, nutrition, breast health and more. Local community organizations such as Woman's Space, Henry J. Austin, Greater Trenton Behavioral Health, Capital Health, NJ SNAP, United Way, LALDEF, and Children's Futures. The event was also co-sponsored by Welcome House. Welcome House is a community center that serves Trenton's immigrants fighting for social justice and providing education, advocacy, and support.
St. Francis Medical Center was represented in full force with information and screenings provided by LIFE St. Francis, The Comprehensive Care Practice, Infection Control, and the Diabetes Self-Management Program. The SFMC Nursing Students assisted with administering flu shots and blood pressure checks and volunteered in many other capacities. St. Francis staff also gave educational presentations on Cholesterol, Diabetes, Nutrition and Breast Health. Capital Health System provided glucose screenings. Horizon NJ Health brought their community health van out and provided flu shots for their insured patients.
Children enjoyed breakfast, lunch, face painting, a toy giveaway and bike raffle. Special guest Jeff LeClair from our SFMC Foundation sponsored Go Noodle. Trenton students are getting more active right in the classroom using GoNoodle’s physical activity breaks or “brain breaks,” thanks to a generous sponsorship by St. Francis Medical Center Foundation. GoNoodle is an online suite of interactive physical activity games designed to improve student engagement, behavior and performance. Each GoNoodle activity provides students with 3-5 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity they can perform next to their desks.
Maria (Charo) Juega, Executive Director of Latin American Legal Defense and Education Fund (LALDEF) and founder of Welcome House said, “St. Francis is a shining example of an institution that lives up to its commitment to the health and wellness of the entire community.”
PHOTO: (L to R) Nursing students Juana Morel and Kathleen Garcia take the blood pressure of a guest at the Health and Wellness Fair