NYC Health + Hospitals/Kings County says it hosted a free community Back-to-School Health Fair on Aug. 24 to encourage parents and guardians to prepare their children for academic readiness.
Kings County Hospital said more than 20 health vendors provided services, educational materials and other resources on important health issues that affect children, families and the community.
Services included dental screenings, vision and hearing tests, the sprawling hospital in Central Brooklyn said.
It said parents and guardians had the opportunity to schedule appointments for physicals and immunizations for their kids.
Children of all ages—including infants and toddlers—participated in the family-friendly event, enjoying face-painting, other entertainment, healthy snacks, free back packs, school supplies, giveaways and more, Kings County Hospital said.
“NYC Health + Hospitals/Kings County is constantly looking for ways to meet the health care needs of our community,” said chief executive officer Sheldon P. McLeod.
“Knowledge is power, and the information provided at our Back-to-School Health Fair helped to connect families and children with resources necessary to start the new school year off healthy and happy,” he added.
NYC Health + Hospitals/Kings County said it also offers parents and guardians seven health tips to help children get ready for the school year, including advice on vaccination requirements, flu shots, nutrition, sleep, setting routines, and limiting screen time on computers and cellphones.
“Studies show that healthy students have better attendance and perform better in school,” said Dr. David Stevens, chief of Ambulatory Care. “Hosting this health fair allowed NYC Health + Hospitals/Kings County to demonstrate our commitment to the community to help educate families about health and wellness.”
NYC Health + Hospitals/Kings County said it offers expert pediatric and adolescent health services at little or no cost.
For more information about services at NYC Health + Hospitals/Kings County, visit www.nyche
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