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Good Health Day Fairs for Asian American Communities in NYC

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On August 1, 2015 and August 5, 2015, the Charles B. Wang Community Health Center hosted its annual Good Health Day (GHD) health fairs in Flushing, Queens and Chinatown, Manhattan. Attracting more than 3,500 participants each year, GHD is the Health Center’s biggest outreach event that aims to raise awareness of good health in the Asian American community.

This year, there were more than 40 booths staffed with 200 volunteers including physicians, dentists, nurses, and educators who provided free health screenings and health education for everyone.

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Local residents were able to screen for diabetes, hypertension and cholesterol, and learn how to take care of their health by playing interactive games such as bean bag toss, spin-the-wheel and mini soccer. GHD also featured over 50 health and local organizations who shared valuable health and social resources regarding health insurance enrollment, voter’s registration and more.

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We are also honored to have elected officials Congresswomen Grace Meng, Senator Toby Ann Stavisky, Assemblyman Ron Kim, Councilman Peter Koo, and Tommy Lin representing Mayor Bill de Blasio for stopping by Good Health Day in Flushing, and Senator Daniel Squadron and Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez for visiting us on Good Health Day in Chinatown.

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Children, parents, adults and seniors also enjoyed various cultural and musical performances during the event.

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In Flushing, Queens, Flushing YMCA and Nan Shan Senior Citizen Center took part in wonderful performances. In Chinatown, Manhattan, the Mott Street Senior Center, the Transfiguration School, the Bangladesh Institute of Performing Arts, and Jessie Chen, a popular YouTube singer and previous contestant on The Voice, moved the audience with their dance and songs. There were also an exciting Hapkido demonstration led by the World Martial Arts, and a Zumba group session led by Chinatown YMCA.

An annual tradition for over 30 years, Good Health Day fulfills the Health Center’s larger mission of promoting and improving the health status of community members. It is also a collaborative day where the Health Center and local organizations work together to empower the community to lead healthy lifestyles. Thank you to all of the participants and sponsors for being a part of Good Health Day and for making it successful!

Photo Credits: Michelle Sawh, Raubern Totanes, Mesbah Uddin, Justine Wright and Y-Lan Nguyen.

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Author: Charles B. Wang Community Health Center

The Charles B. Wang Community Health Center is a nonprofit and federally qualified health center, established in 1971. Our mission is to eliminate disparities in health, improve health status, and expand access to the medically underserved with a focus on Asian Americans. Our vision is to strive to be a Center for Excellence by being a leader in providing quality, culturally relevant, and affordable health care and education, and advocacy on behalf of the health and social needs of the medically underserved with a focus on Asian Americans. We believe that everyone should have the same opportunity to achieve their highest level of health. Learn more at www.cbwchc.org.

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