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Independent Health Foundation’s Good for the Neighborhood® Offers Health Screenings, Farmers Market
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Independent Health Foundation’s Good for the Neighborhood® Offers Health Screenings, Farmers Market

The Independent Health Foundation is continuing its successful program, Good for the Neighborhood® (GFTN) with four free community events in October. GFTN brings health screenings, educational information and a free farmers market to underserved neighborhoods in our community.

The first event of the month is scheduled for Oct. 6 from 5:30-7 p.m. at the Belle Center, 104 Maryland St., Buffalo. You do not need to be an Independent Health member to attend.

October’s events will have a Fall theme, and offer free carriage rides* and free pumpkins for children who attend, while supplies last. Face painting will also be available, as well as healthy trick-or-treating.

Participants will be able to receive a free health screening for blood pressure, cholesterol and blood glucose level. Everyone who obtains a health screening at the event will receive a prize. There will also be an opportunity to earn an additional prize for having screening results in a healthy range.

Additionally, participants can bring any old or unwanted medication in the form of a pill, liquid or patches and it will be safely disposed of on site.

To assist attendees in developing healthy eating and shopping habits, the event will also feature a free farmers market with fresh fruits and vegetables. Healthy recipes and healthy food samples will be available, and participants are encouraged to talk to the many local health experts in attendance to learn more about living a healthy lifestyle. Fun, engaging activities will also be available for children.    

The October Good for the Neighborhood events are as follows:

· Thursday, Oct. 6, from 5:30-7 p.m. at The Belle Center, 104 Maryland St., Buffalo

· Thursday, Oct. 13, from 6-7:30 p.m. at West Side Community Services, 161 Vermont St., Buffalo.

· Thursday, Oct. 20, from 5-6:30 p.m. at Doris Jones Family Resource Building, 3001 9th St., Niagara Falls.

· Wednesday, Oct. 26, from 5-6:30 p.m. at Westminster Community Charter School, 24 Westminster Ave., Buffalo.

GFTN encourages individuals to more effectively manage and improve their by developing and maintaining an ongoing relationship with their primary care doctor, encouraging healthier eating habits, emphasizing the importance of keeping a regular physical fitness routine, and encouraging smokers to quit and non-smokers not to start. Current areas of focus include the East and West Sides of Buffalo, and Niagara Falls residents.

About the Independent Health Foundation: Established in 1992, the Independent Health Foundation works to improve the health and well-being of Western New York residents through awareness, prevention, wellness and education programs focused on community health priorities. For more information on the Foundation’s activities, please visit www.independenthealth.com/foundation or call (716) 635-4959.

*Please note, free carriage rides will not be offered at the Oct. 6 event at the Belle Center.

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