The Junior League of the Oranges and Short Hills (JLOSH) recently sponsored a Health and Wellness Fair and Teddy Bear Clinic for children at the Pediatric Health Center at Saint Barnabas Medical Center (SBMC) in Livingston.  The Pediatric Health Center at Saint Barnabas provides medical care to children who are often potentially underserved or, for a variety of reasons, may have limited access to health care. Parents and children ages 3 and up were invited to enjoy healthy snacks and learn about healthy food choices, wellness and immunizations, burn prevention, and poison control.

The Healthy Kids Day event was part of an ongoing effort by JLOSH to focus on the issue of children’s health and wellness.  The children and their parents visited fun-filled stations that addressed the importance of eating well, visiting the doctor, and staying safe.  The event was attended by parents and enthusiastic children, as well as by JLOSH volunteers and SBMC staff. 
 
“We are so appreciative to the Junior League for approaching us about this special event,” said Karen Ahearn, R.N., Director of Nursing for Obstetrics and Pediatrics at Saint Barnabas Medical Center.  “You could tell that our patients, as well as their parents, had a great time.”
 
JLOSH President Laura Overdeck added:  “It was a privilege to work with Saint Barnabas Medical Center and offer fun and lighted-hearted educational activities to complement the services provided by its Pediatric Health Center. Unfortunately, many underserved children often don’t have adequate access to health care and health information, so events like this can a play critical role in helping to ensure a better quality of life for these kids.”
 
Every year, JLOSH members work together to tackle critical needs of women and children in our area.  JLOSH provides service to the communities of East Orange, Livingston, Maplewood, Millburn, Orange, Short Hills, South Orange, and Springfield.  Founded in 1913, JLOSH reaches out to women of all races, religions, and national origins. Its purpose is purely educational and charitable.
 
For more information, please visit www.jlosh.org