2010-06-09 / Features

Mount Sinai Queens And UCCA Hold Annual Health Fair

BY JASON D. ANTOS

Candidate for Assembly Aravella Simotas, United Community Civic Association (UCCA) President Rose Marie Poveromo, Assemblymember Michael N. Gianaris (D-Astoria) and Mount Sinai Queens Executive Director Caryn A. Schwab helped spread health awareness at the tenth annual Community Health Fair on June 5 at the Immaculate Conception Church in Astoria. Photos Jason D. Antos Candidate for Assembly Aravella Simotas, United Community Civic Association (UCCA) President Rose Marie Poveromo, Assemblymember Michael N. Gianaris (D-Astoria) and Mount Sinai Queens Executive Director Caryn A. Schwab helped spread health awareness at the tenth annual Community Health Fair on June 5 at the Immaculate Conception Church in Astoria. Photos Jason D. Antos Mount Sinai Hospital Queens and the United Community Civic Association (UCCA) co-hosted their tenth annual Community Health Fair on June 5 at the Immaculate Conception Church, 21-47 29th St., in Astoria. The fair provided local residents with free health screenings that included blood pressure, glucose and cholesterol checks. Almost two dozen information booths, sponsored by various health services and agencies, were set up to assist with any health related questions or concerns. One of the most popular of these booths was the osteoporosis and bone density screening as well as the blood donation drive sponsored by Mount Sinai Queens.

Poveromo with two Mount Sinai Queens representatives who were on hand to sign people up for blood donations. Poveromo with two Mount Sinai Queens representatives who were on hand to sign people up for blood donations. “We are proud of our long partnership with Mount Sinai Hospital Queens and are so happy to bring health awareness and information to our community,” UCCA President Rose Marie Poveromo said.

Candidate for Assembly Aravella Simotas handed out fresh produce from the UCCA booth and spoke to visitors about making nutritious choices.

“Astoria deserves to be healthy,” Simotas said. “During these difficult times when people are losing their jobs and unemployment increases, the issue of health insurance and care becomes a major concern. Everyone should have access to affordable health care.”

Other important screenings and presentations at the fair included stress management, massage therapy, weight management, foot care screening, body composition and even a medication review sponsored by Ask the Pharmacist who provided information about mixing medications and other drug-related questions. The station entitled, Everything You Wanted to Know About Advance Directives, was offered by the Social Services Department of the hospital.

“Astoria is a wonderful neighborhood that wants and deserves the best medical treatment and care,” Assemblymember Michael N. Gianaris (D-Astoria) said.

The Visiting Nurse Service of NYC was also on hand accepting applications. Music For Healing provided musical entertainment for the event while children were treated to talents of “The Balloon Man”.

Mount Sinai Hospital Queens, a 235-bed community hospital located at 25-10 30th Ave. in Long Island City, was purchased by Mount Sinai Hospital in June of 1999. The hospital serves the communities of Western Queens and greater New York City with a medical staff of 400 physicians representing 36 medical and surgical specialties.

“Astoria is a first class neighborhood and it deserves a first class hospital,” Poveromo said.

Recently the hospital received approval for the acquisition of new operating room equipment and an additional nursing staff.

“The purpose of events like this health fair is to improve the well being of our community,” Mount Sinai Queens Executive Director Caryn A. Schwab said. “All people deserve the gift and life long benefits of health.”

For more information visit, www.mshq.org.

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