By Diana Park
CCC Journalism Program
CAMDEN – Camden County College will hold its fourth annual Health and Wellness Fair on Nov. 13 on the Camden campus. Representatives from health agencies will be stationed at tables distributing informational pamphlets and answering health-related questions from attendees.
This year’s fair will have a few new additions: Vision Van, Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition and the Hispanic Family Center of Southern N.J. Agencies that will return for this year’s event include Puerto Rican Unity for Progress, Planned Parenthood, CamCare and Project Hope.
Educational Opportunity Fund Adviser/Student Adviser Carol Rosarto said the Health and Wellness Fair is a good opportunity to heighten people’s awareness of the importance of their health by “providing a platform” for the community. She hopes at least 250 people will attend this year’s fair. “Last year we had over a couple hundred,” she said.
“In the courtyard there will be a van, where students can get their eyes checked and tested by an optician … and in addition to that, Camden County will be delivering flu shots to anybody that’s interested, so I think that’s a plus to our students and the community,” Rosarto said.
She wants visitors to know several things about taking care of themselves.
“If I could impart any information to my students or to people that are going to participate and come in, then I would definitely explain to them: less meat, less fried foods and just to be healthy, keep your blood pressure under control, control your stress,” she said.
Rosarto explained the Educational Opportunity Fund is a student support service that also provides workshops for stress management, critical thinking and other services such as academic advisement, peer tutoring and math boot camp.
CCC student Adriana Miranda plans to volunteer for the first time at this year’s fair and thinks many people in the community are not as health-conscious as they should be. “This event will help out a lot. I hear students say things like oh my God I need health care or I need glasses,” she said. Miranda believes people attending the fair will spread the word.
The Health and Wellness Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 13 in the College Hall community center on the Camden campus. The fair will be open not only to Camden County College students but to the public too, and it will be free to attend. Fresh fruit, water and small giveaways will be provided.