2017-06-07 / Features

UCCA Hosts Health Fair In Astoria

BY DAN MILLER AND JOYCE VETERE MILOWSKI


NYS Senator Michael Gianaris was all smiles after his back massage. “I recommend it for everyone who wants to feel relaxed.” NYS Senator Michael Gianaris was all smiles after his back massage. “I recommend it for everyone who wants to feel relaxed.” On June 3, the United Community Civic Association (UCCA) joined with Mount Sinai Hospital Queens and the New York City Correction Department to host a community-wide health fair at the Kaufman Studios in Astoria.

UCCA President Rose Marie Poveromo was the brains behind this event that has served the community for more than two decades.

Caryn Schwab, Mount Sinai Queens Executive Director, was on hand to help promote the wonderful free services offered to the community. Staff from Mount Sinai Queens were on hand to provide the many free clinics and services offered at the Health Fair. Visitors were treated to free massages.

Schwab said, “The massages relax you, something needed for a healthy mind and body.”

Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas and NYS Senator Michael Gianaris also visited the health fair.


Mount Sinai Hospital Queens Executive Director Caryn Schwab, Deputy Commissioner Department of Correction Dr. Nichole Adams, UCCA President Rose Marie Poveromo, Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas, NYS Senator Michael Gianaris welcomed everyone to the UCCA Health Fair and encouraged everyone to take advantage of all the free programs offered at the health fair, held at Kaufman Studios in Astoria. Mount Sinai Hospital Queens Executive Director Caryn Schwab, Deputy Commissioner Department of Correction Dr. Nichole Adams, UCCA President Rose Marie Poveromo, Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas, NYS Senator Michael Gianaris welcomed everyone to the UCCA Health Fair and encouraged everyone to take advantage of all the free programs offered at the health fair, held at Kaufman Studios in Astoria. Free Blood Pressure stations were available. Astoria residents Jackie Sanchez, Katrina Serrano, RN, Leona Sagalla and Demi Reece were all smiles during and after their blood pressure tests.

The following groups also had tables and offered information to health fair visitors: The Queens Library, The NYC Department of Correction, YMCA. Free services included: Body Mass Index by the Nutrition Department, Ask the Pharmacist, Mount Sinai Department of Social Services, Massage Therapy, Osteoporosis Bone Density Lab, Glucose and Cholesterol Screening Lab, Blood Pressure Screening, Ask the Health Care Provider, Music for Healing. Also provided at no charge were free food, drink, desserts, music, and interactive games for the children.


Astoria residents Jackie Sanchez, Katrina Serrano, RN, Leona Sagalla and Demi Reece were all smiles during and after their blood pressure tests. Astoria residents Jackie Sanchez, Katrina Serrano, RN, Leona Sagalla and Demi Reece were all smiles during and after their blood pressure tests. President Povoromo was very pleased at the end of the day, she felt that the health fair serves an important purpose to make community residents aware about their bodies and their health.

“This is special because everything is for free. Everything we do is for free. Since Mount Sinai took over the old Astoria General, we have been offering an annual free health fair for the community. We have been doing this 15-16 years at least,” said Povoromo.

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