Touro students connect with community at Harlem Health Fair

Painless Stop Smoking

Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine (TouroCOM) students and two dozen community organizations convened at the Adam Clayton Powell Jr. State Office Building Plaza in Harlem recently for the school’s 14th biannual Health Fair.

Students and faculty provided a variety of health screenings and information, counseling and giveaways to over 100 attendees.

Emphasis on heart health

“The main theme of this year’s health fair was risk factors for cardiovascular diseases, the leading cause of death for minority populations, especially African American,” said Dr. Kamilah Ali, the TouroCOM faculty member who organized the event.

Key offerings for heart health were screenings for blood pressure, cholesterol, blood glucose and body weight. Information on mental health, smoking cessation and healthy eating were also offered, with healthy food prepared on site by the local non-profit Harlem Grown, along with demonstrations of physical fitness activities.

Twenty-three organizations participated, about half of which were new to the fair. They included New York State Sickle Cell Advocacy Network, NYC Smoke Free, T.E.A.L. (Tell Every Amazing Lady About Ovarian Cancer), Food Bank For NYC, Planned Parenthood, Safe Horizon/Street Works, Mount Sinai Mobile Prostate Cancer Screening, NYU College of Dentistry, and the NYC Department for the Aging.

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