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Nutrition, Exercise and Wellness Information Available to Community

Bands, Food and Raffles on 101st Street

Ellen Lubell, The Children’s Aid Society, (w) 212-949-4938, (c) 917-854-6864
Emily Crossan, The Children’s Aid Society, (w) 917-286-1548, (c) 201-344-5742
Day-of contact: David Giordano, The Children's Aid Society, 212-348-2343

Saturday, July 26, 2008
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

The Children’s Aid Society’s East Harlem Boys & Girls Club
130 East 101st Street, between Lexington and Park Avenues

The Children’s Aid Society, Casa Mexico, FACES NY and Sisterlink are joining forces to present a day of healthy fun at a street festival for the East Harlem community.

Health issues – especially asthma and obesity – and access to health insurance are of great concern to members of the East Harlem community.

The Children’s Aid Society, Metropolitan Health and Duane Reade will offer free information on diabetes, cholesterol, HIV, and adolescent and family health. Attendees will also have the opportunity to sign up for free or low-cost public health insurance through Children’s Aid’s Health Care Access Program. Spanish-language information will be available.

Guests will be treated to musical performances from Mata Musica and the Latino Outreach Dancers, the Ramon Rodriguez Salsa Band, and the 119th Bomba Players from 1:00 to 3:00 pm.

The Children’s Aid Society and the Boys & Girls Clubs of America are partners for the Latino Outreach Initiative, designed to attract additional Latino youth and their families to local Clubs in order to assist them with a wide range of issues and events, including the Health Fair.

The Children’s Aid Society (www.childrensaidsociety.org) was founded in 1853. It is one of the nation’s largest and most innovative non-sectarian agencies, serving 150,000 of New York’s neediest children and their families with a network of services that includes community schools, neighborhood centers, camps, adoption and foster care services, arts programming, teen pregnancy prevention, education, health and recreation. For more information, please call 212-949-4938.

Boys & Girls Clubs of America (www.bgca.org) comprises a national network of more than 4,000 neighborhood-based facilities, with 4.8 million youth served through Club membership and community outreach, in all 50 states and on U.S. Military bases worldwide. Known as “The Positive Place for Kids,” the Clubs provide guidance-oriented character development programs on a daily basis for children 6-18 years old, conducted by a full-time professional staff.

The FACES NY (Forging Ahead for Community Empowerment and Support) formerly known as Minority Task Force on AIDS is New York City’s oldest, non-profit minority AIDS service organization. Founded in Harlem in 1985, FACES NY was established to address the HIV related needs of the Black and Latino community living with and affected by HIV/AIDS. FACES NY employs a client centered community focus approach to provide education, outreach, advocacy, supportive housing and direct services. FACES NY seeks to improve and extend the quality of life for the individuals and families it serves by encouraging self-determination.

Casa Mexico Inc was founded in the year 2000, its mission is advocacy on behalf of the Mexican immigrants in particular, Hispanic immigrants in general, in the areas of labor, education, health, and social justice, regardless of immigration status, race, ethnic origin, nationality, gender, sexual preference, or religious believes.

Sisterlink is a Community Action for Prenatal Care (CAPC) Coalition funded by the NYS AIDS Institute and is a program of Northern Manhattan Perinatal Partnership Inc. (NMPP). Sisterlink strives to increase the services and decrease barriers for pregnant women who are not receiving prenatal care and/or are in crisis in Northern Manhattan: East Harlem, Central Harlem and Washington Heights by developing and maintaining a network of services. This broad based system encompasses health and social services coordinated to meet the needs of the Sisterlink/CAPC woman. Network services are presented in a culturally sensitive and language appropriate setting so they aid in enhancing the quality of life.