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Daylight Twilight Health Fair

The first Daylight-Twilight Health Fair began with much planning and preparation behind the scenes with hopes for great success.  And while many of us, particularly our youth, take their health for granted…it was our intent to raise awareness by creating a vast array of presenters, each representing some facet of personal health, from stress management to hygiene and so much more.  

 

So on January 25, 2018, Daylight-Twilight held its first Health Fair. 

 

Classes were led to the gym by their teachers, each on a schedule that had them visiting various stations that included eye exams, testing reflexes, blood pressureand height and weight, all of which were managed by other volunteer teachers. Then there were the vendors: Children’s Future offered free parenting classes and pregnancy testing, Capital Health completed blood pressures discussed the risk for stroke, St. Francis Medical Center informed students about the risks of Diabetes, Isles shared community resources and lead toxicity awareness, Mercer County Prevention Coalition had students wear goggles to demonstrate impaired vision under the influence, and Hyacinth gave a lively presentation in the prevention of STI’s while fitness guru, Devine Allah of Mind-Body Activation, appealed to the athletic side of our students demonstrating the ease of working out through body displacement—his slogan: “Exercise is Medicine!”  

 

The Health Fair then spilled out into the hallways where classes continued to follow their schedules from one station to the next. In some rooms, students played Kahoots, an interactive game app where students answer health-related questions on their phones and compete to win small prizes. Cosmetology Teacher, Mrs. Davies, gave a brief Meditation demonstration through controlled breathing and guided imagery in another room Mr. Jones offered stretching again reinforcing the importance of keeping active to control stress.  In the trailersMr. Misnik, demonstrated the art of making a healthy smoothie, explaining the benefits of all ingredients while Chef Konig shared a simple and delicious vegetable soup recipe. Students sampled smoothies and cups of soup, as much as they wanted. 

 

So there you have it! The Daylight-Twilight Health Fair was a great success and offered a little something for everyone. Student, Yamir Abreu, said: “The fact that we kept moving from one station to another was great. I wish it had been longer, actually, because I wanted to spend more time at that Mind-Body fitness station. The way this was organized…we should do it more often.” Yamir is right, and most agree!

 

To have community organizations enter our building while peaking teacher and student interest in a setting that seeks to re-ignite the joy of learning that had been lost in more traditional settings seems like a win-win-win!!