Cry of the Hawk
North Harford hosts health fairMonday, June 04, 2012 By SYDNEY GAETH
The afternoon of Monday, May 1, ignited a flame of knowledge in the local community. Thanks to Mrs. Jacque Williams’ Public Health class, North Harford High School held its first annual Health Fair. The student-based event featured a variety of interesting people and stations for people of all ages, including speakers from Harford Community College and Upper Chesapeake Medical Center. “ The most successful things we had were probably the skin cancer and blood pressure screenings since they were so hands on,” said Williams. “The kids were able to see all the damage the sun had done to their skin and how bad it really looked.” Ranging from topics such as locally grown food, healthy eating, and cancer, the health fair is a new and insightful way to relay little known and interesting information. A nutritionist from Harford Community College and the creator of school lunch menus came and spoke to fair-goers about how to make healthier food choices. The fair was staffed with professionals with incredible knowledge to share in an attempt to bring the community together under one strong roof. “ Anytime someone learns something new, they gain knowledge, and that was ultimately our goal,” said Williams. With hopes of creating a yearly tradition, Williams already has a few changes in mind to create a better experience. With just a few more advertisements and a during-school time frame, Williams and her students hope to spread the word that inspires more to come out and take that extra step toward a healthier lifestyle. “We posted a few things around the school inviting people to come, as well as on Edline, and we sent information to our partner schools as well,” said Williams.