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Hispanic Chamber to host inaugural health and wellness fair

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Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop will be among the speakers at the chamber event.
Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop will be among the speakers at the chamber event. - ()

In another sign of business taking an active role in health and wellness, the Statewide Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey will host its first-ever health and wellness fair March 14 in Jersey City.

Envisioned as an annual event, it is open to the community as well as chamber members.

"Anyone can benefit from the wealth of great information that will be available," said Carlos Medina, chairman of the Statewide Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in New Jersey.

"We think chambers of commerce and mayors are great partners in promoting health and wellness to employees and residents," said Linda Schwimmer, vice president of the New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute. The institute's Mayors Wellness Campaign seeks to get the state's mayors to promote health and wellness among their residents.

Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop and Hudson County Freeholder Junior Maldonado will be among the speakers at the chamber event, set for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on March 14 at the MacMahon Student Center of Saint Peter's University, at 47 Glenwood Ave., Jersey City.

Schwimmer said Fulop "is one of the Mayors Wellness Campaign stars. He has the city employees walking and running and drinking healthy smoothies."

The chamber's health and wellness fair will bring together more than 50 exhibitors including large corporations, small businesses, restaurants and individual health professionals to share knowledge about health issues in the community, and there will be several panel discussions.

Medina said, "Businesses in general have shown more interest in the health and wellness of their employees, as happier and healthier employees are more productive and take less time off. Promoting health to employees creates a more convivial work environment and improves the bottom line."

He added it's important for the chamber to involved in this health and wellness effort "because we are in the business of assisting our members with increasing business opportunities. We consistently review and then deliver needed services to them."

John Sarno, president of the Employers Association of New Jersey said there is role for employers in promoting wellness and, in some cases, a critical initiating role in connecting individuals with health information and care.

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Beth Fitzgerald

Beth Fitzgerald

Beth Fitzgerald reports on health care, small business and higher education. She joined NJBIZ in 2008 after a 34-year career at the Star-Ledger and has been reporting on business in New Jersey since 1978. Her email is beth@njbiz.com and she is @bethfitzgerald8 on Twitter.

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