October 25, 2010
For Immediate Release

Contact: Julia Ahmet
(973) 463-9600, ext. 303

Community Hope Hosts “Balance Your Wellness” Health Fair on November 16th in Denville, NJ

Health Screenings Open to Public

PARSIPPANY, NJ -- Community Hope will host its Fourth Annual Balance Your Wellness Health Fair and the first event to be open to the public on Tuesday, November 16, 2010 from 11 A.M. to 3 P.M. at the New Jersey Foundation for the Blind at 230 Diamond Spring Road in Denville, NJ.

Forty (40) healthcare and wellness providers will offer health screenings and information on a variety of topics, including assault prevention, nutrition and physical disabilities. Interactive sessions include chair yoga; the NIA (Neuromuscular Integrative Action) exercise and movement technique; Wii exercise and skits by the Mental Health Players. Screenings will be offered to test blood sugar; cholesterol*, vital signs; body fat analysis; bone density; vascular, balance; vision and hearing. Flu shots will also be offered for $25 and there is a $10 fee for cholesterol screenings.

Free handouts and healthy snacks for purchase will be available.

The Health Fair was originated in 2006, led by Terry Carlson, Community Hope Registered Nurse, to encourage individuals with mental illness and other chronic diseases to adopt healthier lifestyles and to achieve and maintain wellness.

“Individuals with serious mental illness have a higher mortality rate due primarily to more sedentary lifestyles, diabetes and poor diets,” said Carlson. “We need to reverse this trend and have implemented wellness and recovery practices into every aspect of Community Hope services. We offer walking clubs; weekly swim and fitness classes; nutrition classes and other opportunities for our residents to live healthier lives.”

Celebrating its 25th anniversary year, Community Hope was founded by family members and mental health professionals seeking a safe haven in the community where young adults could continue their recovery from mental illness and co-occurring substance abuse. Today, the nonprofit organization provides housing-plus-services to 300 individuals in recovery daily. Community Hope’s support services are designed to support each individual’s overall wellness and recovery, including access to behavioral healthcare, medical care, enhancing socialization and recreational opportunities and promoting exercise and proper nutrition.

Admission is free. Participants are asked to bring a donation of non-perishable food for the Interfaith Food Pantry or gently used ladies business clothing for Dress for Success.

For more information on the Health Fair, call Community Hope at (973) 463-9600, extension 318.