Health & Wellness Fair Highlights

Deputy Superintendent Jacci Harris gives some last minute sales tips before our cookbook sales force hits the floor at this year’s Health and Wellness Fair.
Deputy Superintendent Jacci Harris gives some last minute sales tips before our cookbook sales force hits the floor at this year’s Health and Wellness Fair.
Got Blood? Our little doctors from Birchwood and Oakwood were there to assist in their dual effort blood drive.
Got Blood? Our little doctors from Birchwood and Oakwood were there to assist in their dual effort blood drive.
Girls track coach Rufus Shepard stopped in after practice to get his blood pressure checked. Track star Elisabeth Auguste keeps an eye on the results.
Girls track coach Rufus Shepard stopped in after practice to get his blood pressure checked. Track star Elisabeth Auguste keeps an eye on the results.
Legislator Steve Stern dropped by his SHED the MEDS counter with Deputy Superintendent Jacci Harris to check in on Suffolk 2nd Precinct Officer Nick Naumov and the gradually filling bin.
Legislator Steve Stern dropped by his SHED the MEDS counter with Deputy Superintendent Jacci Harris to check in on Suffolk 2nd Precinct Officer Nick Naumov and the gradually filling bin.

This year’s Health and Wellness Fair, hosted by the South Huntington School District, proved yet again, that each year new and innovative ways to achieve a healthier lifestyle are available, if you know where to look.

The attendees at this year’s fair knew just where to look, and they came away smiling and with their arms full of free goodies and resources that will hopefully give them the tools they need to live a healthier lifestyle.

“We enjoyed an incredibly successful event, which included a diverse group of professionals and volunteers, all unified behind an important common cause,” said Deputy Superintendent Jacci Harris.  “Our Wellness Fair seems to grow more exciting with each passing year, as we inspire people to consider both their physical and mental health, while availing themselves of important community resources."

The fair blended professionals in the areas of physical therapy, nursing, dental health, cancer research, sports medicine and safety, drug and alcohol counseling, psychological services, weight loss, exercise, and many more, with the energy and enthusiasm of our district’s students, who were eager to share why they are up on all the very latest in healthy living.

Birchwood and Oakwood students teamed resources for a combination blood drive that was administered by the New York Blood Center.  Suffolk County “Shed the Meds,” sponsored by Legislator Steve Stern and the Suffolk County Police Department had a successful day as a 33-gallon prescription disposal can gradually became full. New this year was a special presentation by Liz Maffe, an Animal Shelter Education Specialist from the Town of Huntington who, along with her trusty companion 'Tyler' demonstrated correct ways to act when approached by a strange dog. Silas Wood students asked if you knew what your drinking in their 'Think Your Drink' booth. Sugar is sneaky and can easily add to our daily intake if were not careful.

Countrywood students formed a successful sales team with their chef hats and South Huntington Cookbooks ready for purchase. Maplewood students ran a popular fruit smoothie taste test, with strawberry/banana the winner of the day.  Also new, and proving to be a big hit, was the first South Huntington Cooks cookbook. Helping to spur sales and making the first issue extra special was a book signing by South Huntington’s Business Administrator Larry Light and Superintendent Dave Bennardo.

Special thanks to Ms. Marian Raspantini, Ms. Jane Samuels, and the dedicated members of the Health and Wellness Committee, as well as the numerous student and staff volunteers that made this event possible. A few copies of our "South Huntington Cooks" cookbook are still available. If interested, please call or email Ms. Harris at: (631) 812-3150   jharris@shufsd.org

And let’s not forget the 2nd Annual South Huntington "Miles for Michael" 5K Run/Walk/Kids Fun Run on Saturday, May 30th. Additional information is on this website under community.

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