Prince George's County Public Schools Back-to-School Fair
Healthy Eating, Active Living (HEAL) Initiative Staff participated in the Prince George's County Public Schools Back-to-School Fair on Saturday, August 10, 2013, at the Equestrian Center's Show Place Arena in Upper Marlboro. There were over 2,000 parents, students, teachers, administrators, organizations, and vendors represented at the school fair. Students received free backpacks, notebooks, pencils, and other school supplies, distributed by several organizations. The fair also provided a variety of live entertainment featuring: singing, dancing, Zumba exercise, ROTC display, and a high school band. County Executive Hon. Rushern Baker was among County Officials attending and making brief remarks.
The event provided an opportunity for HEAL staff to educate representatives from the Prince George's County School System, and private and public-sector organizations, on HEAL's interventions, as well as to promote partnering on related healthy eating, active living, smoke-free environments, and chronic diseases prevention efforts in Prince George's County. Several highlights of the day included a performance by R& B artist Raheem DeVaughn.
HEAL staff also supported the Prince George's Healthcare Action Coalition (PGHAC) Chronic Disease Workgroup display, which focused on proper nutrition and diet. Visitors to the display filled out a pre-assessment questionnaire, received a one-minute lecture from the Nutritionist about the contents on display, and then filled out a post-assessment questionnaire. Fresh fruits and bottled water were provided to participants and others.