- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 28, 2015

July 28—Health care specialists will be handing out several doses of pre-back-to-school lessons and giving a few tests at the Boys & Girls Club in August.

The 10th Back-to-School Health Fair hosted by the Boys & Girls Clubs of NEPA and Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield opens at 8 a.m. on Aug. 20 at the central club, 609 Ash St., Scranton.

The fair “teaches children proper nutrition and making sure they get checkups early,” said Julianne Cucura, club development director. “Once they see, ‘Oh it’s not that scary,’ it inspires them to stick with it.”

Typically around 200 kids affiliated with the Boys & Girls Club attend the fair, she said. This year, she is hoping more kids from the community will attend. The free event is open to all children ages 6 to 18. After the fair, a picnic will be held for the children.

“There will be fun … activities to get them moving and get them active,” Ms. Cucura said.

More than a dozen vendors, including the Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education, will be at the club to perform screenings including blood pressure and dental checks.

“This is the time to really home in on preventive health measures,” said Kellen Kraky, manager of youth services for the Wright Center. “Now is really when we’re going to make a difference.”

Students getting ready to go back to school should also be “considering their health,” she said, noting “health and education are closely linked.”

The Wright Center, also a vendor at last year’s health fair, provides on-site care for Scranton School District students, many of whom belong to the Boys & Girls Club, she said. “It’s a great tie-in. The kids are really into it.”

Children will be given written documentation of what their screenings find. The Wright Center plans to follow up with the kids who need, for example, more extensive dental care.

The center has a mobile dental unit that visits the club and can also catch up with Scranton students at school.

“It’s a fun day to engage with the kids and take advantage of that as a learning opportunity,” said Ms. Kraky.

Other participating vendors include AmeriHealth, DePietro’s Pharmacy, Lackawanna Blind Association, Voluntary Action Center and Commonwealth Health.

No registration is needed. For more details, contact the Boys & Girls Club of NEPA at 570-342-8709.

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