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Meriden YMCA offers health screenings to adults at Head Start

Adult family members of children in the YMCA Head Start program were offered free health screenings Thursday afternoon at the YMCA Head Start school on Liberty Street.

Parents and guardians picking up their children after school could spend a few minutes having their blood pressure and eyes screened, and collect information from SNAP-Ed about healthy living. Head Start also offered platters of fresh vegetables, water and Goldfish crackers.

“One of our goals for Head Start is to look at obesity,” said Patti Bastiaanse, health and nutrition manager for Head Start. “We’re seeing it not only with our children, we’re seeing it with our adults.”

Bastiaanse said the goal is to promote healthy living through nutrition, exercise and weight loss.

Let’s Lift Each Other Up this Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

For over 20 years, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service (Monday, January 15, 2018) has encouraged individuals to volunteer their time to improve their communities. As we look ahead to 2018, now more than ever that spirit of community service can help heal our differences through a common cause—giving back and strengthening the places where we live, work and play is something we all can agree on.

Here at the Meriden-New Britain-Berlin YMCA we’re encouraging everyone to use this day as a call to action to get involved—in large or small ways—to make our communities better.

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