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State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) will be co-hosting his annual health fair with Catholic Charities Family Room on Tuesday, April 19th, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the upper level of the Riverfront Center, Amsterdam.


"Called the Community Wellness Day, this event has always been successful in delivering information on services that local agencies provide to the public," Senator Farley said. The health fair is geared towards people of all ages and is set during the break week for local schools so families can participate. Those unable to attend can call Senator Farley’s office to obtain brochures and weblinks on health topics.


"A lot of great local agencies are participating. The list includes many of our neighbors in Riverfront Center. They include St. Mary’s Hospital, Fulmont Community Action Agency, Community Health Center, NAMI, Home Health Care Partners, and New York Oncology Hematology," Senator Farley reported.


"There will something for everyone. Offerings include lead screenings for children ages 2 and under by St. Mary’s Hospital, blood pressure screenings for seniors by Home Health Care Partners, Body Fat and BMI screenings for all by HealthLink, Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office providing identification cards under the SAFE Child program, and special appearances by Fidelasaurus and Amsterdam Mohawk baseball team mascot MoJo at lunch time. Doodles the Clown will be on hand from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The Family Room will host a coloring contest for children under the age of 5 and a Design Your Own Pinwheel for kids ages 6 to 12, " Senator Farley announced.


Other participants include Catholic Charities Prevention Education, Teens Against Gambling, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Fulton & Montgomery Counties, Northeast Parent & Child Society, Parent to Parent of NYS, NYS Comptroller’s Office, United HealthCare, MVP, Amsterdam Free Library, AVON, CDPHP, Hispanic Outreach Services, Project Action, CASA, Tri-County Mediation, Reality Check, Child Health Plus, HFM Prevention Council, Montgomery County Domestic Violence Services, Montgomery County Office for Aging, Montgomery County Nursing Services, Listener’s Choice, Fidelis Care, Fulton County Public Health, Fulton County Office for the Aging, Turning Point, The Family Counseling Center, Cancer Services Program of Fulton & Montgomery Counties, Girl Scouts of Northeastern New York, AAA Northway, Red Ribbon Partnership, American Cancer Society, AIDS Council, Fulton-Montgomery Counties Suicide Prevention Task Force, The Community Hospice, Veterans’ Services of Montgomery County, Gentiva Health Care, Primerica, Bryant & Stratton College, GAVAC, New York State Troopers, Suicide Prevention Center of New York, New Dimensions in Health Care, Kidney Foundation of Northeast New York, Ortho Medical Products and National Grid.


For more information about this free event, call Senator Farley’s Amsterdam District Office at 843-2188.



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Those unable to attend can call Senator Farley’s Amsterdam District Office at 843-2188 to obtain brochures. A list of helpful websites you may want to visit for healthy information is listed below.


Three government websites offer extensive information on a wide variety of topics, ranging from materials on healthy lifestyles to information on specific types of diseases.


For the NYS Health Department, visit http://www.health.ny.gov/prevention/


For the National Institutes of Health, visit http://www.health.nih.gov/


For the Centers for Disease Control, visit http://www.cdc.gov/HealthyLiving/


Information on Blood Pressure can be found at http://www.americanheart.org/presenter.jhtml?identifier=4473


Information on Diabetes can be found at http://www.diabetes.org/


Information on cancer-related issues can be found at the American Cancer Society at http://www.cancer.org/


For information on arthritis, visit the Arthritis Foundation at http://www.arthritis.org/


For summer and heat-related illnesses, visit http://womenshealth.about.com/od/commonhealthissues/a/staycoolsummer.htm


For more information on Lyme Disease, visit http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/lyme-disease/DS00116


Rabies is a concern for this time of year. For more information, visit http://kidshealth.org/parent/infections/bacterial_viral/rabies.html


For fire safety information, visit http://www.firesafety.gov/


Senator Farley’s office has available a variety of printed brochures on health-related topics. Pick from the list below of what interests you and call Senator Farley’s Amsterdam District Office for free copies at (518) 843-2188.


* Safety Tips for Seniors: Prevent Falls


* Walk Aware: Pedestrian Safety Tips for Older Adults


* Focus on Wellness: Facts About Heart Disease


* Setting Your Course: What Older Adults Should Know About Health Care Choices


* Have Fun. Stay Fit! The New York State Senate Youth Fitness Campaign


* Keeping Your Kids Safe


* Know the Facts About Lyme Disease and Other Tick-Borne Illnesses


* A Parent’s Guide: Protecting Your Child from Lead Poisoning


* Household Hazardous Waste: Alternatives for and Responsible Disposal of Household Hazardous Wastes


* Congenital Hypothyroidism


* Aware Prepare -- a brochure from the Health Department on preparing for disasters


* Rabies: What to Do if Bitten


* West Nile Virus: Fight the Bite


* This Is How Germs Spread ... It’s Sickening


* Dental Sealants


* Have You Planned Your Great Escape? (fire safety)


* Home Safe Home


* Can Your Home Pass the Sheriff’s 4 Minute Test?