2009-07-10 / Community

St. John's Episcopal Hospital Holds Annual Health Fair

Nilediz Rodriguez enjoyed the face painting. Nilediz Rodriguez enjoyed the face painting. Hundreds flocked to the annual health fair held by St. John's Episcopal Hospital on Sunday, June 28, 2009, at St. Mary's Star of the Sea Church, in conjunction with the church's International Feast of St. John the Baptist. Many came to be screened by the doctors and nurses for high blood pressure and cholesterol, diabetes, blood flow, eye and foot problems, as well as for consultations with nutritionists and pharmacists and for health education information. Others came to enjoy the inflatable bounces and mazes, the face painting, balloon animals and the magic show.

Also in attendance were Visiting Nurse Service of New York, Metrocard, and Rockaway Walks.

Edwin Gonzalez of Rockaway Park (foreground) had the efficiency of the blood flow to his arms and legs measured by Eleen Hennessey, vascular imaging coordinator. Keith Skilling (background) is having his done by Patricia Cernansky, RN. Edwin Gonzalez of Rockaway Park (foreground) had the efficiency of the blood flow to his arms and legs measured by Eleen Hennessey, vascular imaging coordinator. Keith Skilling (background) is having his done by Patricia Cernansky, RN. Steven McCartney, fitness trainer and coordinator of Rockaway Walks, has his blood pressure checked by Celly Sarmiento, RN, while Penny Chin, Public Relations Director of St. John's Episcopal, looks on. Steven McCartney, fitness trainer and coordinator of Rockaway Walks, has his blood pressure checked by Celly Sarmiento, RN, while Penny Chin, Public Relations Director of St. John's Episcopal, looks on. At the cholesterol and diabetes screening table, William Young (foreground right), Verika Joysingh, and Sandra Feldman are screened by nurses Desiree Leitch (foreground left) and Andrisa Barroso. At the cholesterol and diabetes screening table, William Young (foreground right), Verika Joysingh, and Sandra Feldman are screened by nurses Desiree Leitch (foreground left) and Andrisa Barroso. Michelle Brosh of NYKidstime dabs a colorful rainbow design onto Danielle Avento's face. Face Painting was a big hit with kids at the fair. Michelle Brosh of NYKidstime dabs a colorful rainbow design onto Danielle Avento's face. Face Painting was a big hit with kids at the fair. Lori Schrier, RD, CRN, (left) and Stephanie Cordaro, RD, provided nutrition counseling, particulary for those with Diabetes. Lori Schrier, RD, CRN, (left) and Stephanie Cordaro, RD, provided nutrition counseling, particulary for those with Diabetes. Dr. Alex Gerber conducts an eye screening with Donna Hamlet. Dr. Alex Gerber conducts an eye screening with Donna Hamlet. Dr. Cynthia Criss (right) of Pediatrics measures the body mass index of Juana Guzman. Dr. Cynthia Criss (right) of Pediatrics measures the body mass index of Juana Guzman. Giggles the Clown made balloon animals and painted faces. Giggles the Clown made balloon animals and painted faces. Inflatable children's rides, skilled face painters and a magic show were provided at the health fair by NYKidstime, Inc., a children's entertainment group owned by Rockaway resident John Taylor. The group emphasizes safety, as well as fun, at every event. Inflatable children's rides, skilled face painters and a magic show were provided at the health fair by NYKidstime, Inc., a children's entertainment group owned by Rockaway resident John Taylor. The group emphasizes safety, as well as fun, at every event.

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