West New York hosts health fair


West New York celebrated National Health Center Week on Saturday with a health fair.

“You’ll notice as you walk around we have one major attraction in every corner, so that brings people in together and they learn a whole lot,” says Joan Quigley, President & CEO of North Hudson Community Action Corp.

“I’m learning a whole lot and I’ve been in health care for 30 years.”

Some 62 vendors were on hand to offer the community good health tips and education, as well as blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol screenings, also BMI.

Krystal attended the fair with her mom and sisters, so she’s starting young on the path to good health.

Massage therapy instructor Lauradis Salas brought her students from Ori Medical Technology Institute to get hands-on training in massage therapy and relieve tension for residents.

Many people don’t have insurance so they don’t get the proper tests on a regular basis.

“So they come get their screenings and get their numbers,” says Michael Salas, Horizon Blue Cross community health representative.

“Also, if they don’t have insurance we can do an application for them for Medicaid/Family Care or get them to the right people.”


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