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Free health screenings, resources & produce shared with Buffalo, Niagara Falls neighborhoods in March


Wed, Mar 9th 2022 03:35 pm

‘Good for the Neighborhood’ by Independent Health Foundation returns to in-person events for 2022

Several “Good for the Neighborhood” events, offering free health screenings, resources and information from health care professionals – along with fresh fruits, vegetables and family fun activities organized by the Independent Health Foundation – returns this year to in-person gatherings in Buffalo, Niagara Falls and other neighborhoods throughout Western New York.

Find the program on the following dates and times:

  • Thursday, March 10, from 4-5:30 p.m. at the West Side Community Center, 161 Vermont St., Buffalo
  • Saturday, March 12, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Mount Olive Baptist Church, 701 E. Delavan Ave., Buffalo
  • Thursday, March 17, from 5-6:30 p.m. at Akron Newstead Senior Center, 5691 Cummings Road
  • Thursday, March 24, from 5-6:30 p.m. at Doris Jones Family Resource Center, 3001 Ninth St., Niagara Falls
  • Wednesday, March 30, from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at Westminster Charter School, 24 Westminster Ave., Buffalo

Additionally, those who attends a “Good for the Neighborhood” event can visit with community groups and resources, such as:

  • UB School of Nursing
  • Girl Scouts of WNY
  • Stern at Home Therapy
  • Ask the Pharmacist
  • Erie County Department of Health

Those who attend can also receive health-screening prizes, such as a resistances band, fitness twister, fitness balls, slimmer bands and/or jump ropes, and can enter a raffle for special items, including a kitchen cookware set.

“Unfortunately, health screenings and education, along with fresh produce, are not widely available in many neighborhoods throughout Western New York, including in Buffalo and Niagara Falls, among others,” said Carrie Meyer, executive director of the Independent Health Foundation. “As these ongoing challenges and the need for basic necessities continue, we invite everyone residing in these neighborhoods to join us free of charge for some healthy foods, helpful information and family fun offered through our ‘Good for the Neighborhood’ program.”

Those who attend these gatherings are asked to comply with current COVID-19 guidelines set forth by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control.

The “Good for the Neighborhood” program hosts health fair-style events quarterly in community centers, schools and businesses in neighborhoods throughout the City of Buffalo, Niagara Falls, Akron and Lackawanna. The events offer free access to healthy food, health screenings including blood pressure checks, workshops and, once each year during the late summer, free school supplies. More information is available online at www.goodfortheneighborhood.com/.

Independent Health Foundation Celebrating 30th Anniversary in 2022

The Independent Health Foundation works to improve the health and well-being of Western New York residents through awareness, prevention, education and other programs focused on community health priorities.

It was founded in 1992 after the original organizers of “First Night Buffalo” asked Independent Health to become a sponsor. After the third year of “First Night,” the Independent Health Foundation was founded to begin producing the event – and has continued to develop all its programs and initiatives for the past 30 years.

The Independent Health Foundation is celebrating its 30th anniversary with events and activities in 2022. For more information about the Independent Health Foundation, visit www.independenthealthfoundation.org.

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