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Queens Chronicle

Wyckoff hosts health fair

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Posted: Thursday, August 21, 2014 10:30 am | Updated: 11:41 am, Thu Aug 28, 2014.

As the Wyckoff Heights Medical Center prepares for its 125th anniversary, the acute care teaching hospital located on the border between Queens and Brooklyn held its annual Health & Wellness Fair on Saturday to promote good health and offer free screenings to members of the community.

Seniors getting their blood pressure checked and youngsters getting fluoride applied to their teeth in an effort to prevent cavities were among the local residents who turned out in huge numbers seeking medical advice. Tables manned by hospital staffers and volunteers, spread around Stockholm Street between Wyckoff and St. Nicholas avenues and surrounding areas, offered information on everything from stroke prevention and endoscopies to food addiction and podiatry services.

Also on hand were representatives from the hospital’s pharmacy department, social workers, the Coalition of Concerned Medical Professionals and pitch people from various healthcare plans and programs.

Dr. Lisandro Irizarry, chairman of the Dept. of Emergency Medicine, stood behind an upright scale and encouraged children in the crowd to get their weight checked.

“It’s important to raise overall health awareness in the community,” Irizarry said.

The fair, he added, would allow the community to better understand the types of services Wyckoff has to offer, “engendering trust in following one’s health,” and inform people on “how to engage the healthcare system.”

With over 1500 doctors, nurses and support staff, Wyckoff continues to expand throughout the community.

— Mark Lord

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