North Bergen residents have free screenings at library’s bi-annual health & wellness fair


North Bergen residents received free screenings at the public library’s bi-annual health and wellness fair this past Saturday at their new downtown location with a recreation center.

Photo courtesy of the Township of North Bergen.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Hundreds of residents attended the event, receiving free physical checkups and medical screenings on site, including diabetes testing, blood pressure, pulse, pulse oxygen, BMI checkups, and free vision testing.

“It was wonderful to see so many residents of all ages take a proactive approach to their health, something which gets more and more important as folks get older,” Library Executive Director Sai Rao said in a statement.

“We want to give residents all of the information they need to start the New Year off right and recommit to healthy lifestyles.”

In addition to Rao, state Senator (D-32)/Mayor Nick Sacco, Public Safety Commissioner Allen Pascual, Hudson County Commissioner Chair Anthony Vainieri, also the chair of the county Democrats, and Township Administrator Janet Castro, along with other municipal officials, were in attendance.

“At this time of year it’s very easy to forget ourselves and overindulge, which makes it all the more challenging to begin those New Year’s resolutions,” Sacco stated.

“By providing residents with crucial information about their health, we are empowering and encouraging them to make healthy choices in 2023.”

Residents also received free prescription eyeglasses and sunglasses following their vision tests. Meanwhile kids enjoyed free face-painting and the library offered free meditation training upstairs.

The event was held in partnership with Hackensack Meridian Palisades Medical Center Representatives, the Sri Sathya Sai International Organization, and several local and national organizations, offering attendees free information on a wide range of health issues as well as referrals and giveaways.

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