N.C. – The N.C. A&T Food and Nutritional Sciences Program, has teamed up with Greensboro’s Shiloh Baptist Church to put on a free community health fair, 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m., Saturday, March 31, at the church’s Otis L. Hairston Family Life Enrichment Center, 1210 S. Eugene St.

From start to finish, the event promises a full day of fun, food awareness and fitness for the whole family. The day will begin with a 1.5 mile health walk, 8:30 – 9:30 a.m.

The rest of the day, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., is devoted to the following free activities:

•Ask-a-Doctor, and Ask-a-Dietitian – one-on-one health & nutrition consultations
•Screening for blood sugar, cholesterol, blood pressure, sickle cell, and more
•Children’s workshops, health and wellness themed
•“Body in Motion” outdoor activities for adults & children
•Healthy foods cooking demonstrations/presentations
•Exhibitions, including a fire truck and raffled items each hour

The theme of the day, “Getting Fit in 2012” reflects the emphasis on wellness in A&T’s Food and Nutritional Sciences Program noted Dr. Patricia Lynch, a registered dietitian and assistant professor of nutrition.  She and Rev. Steve Allen of Shiloh are coordinating this year’s annual event. Lynch said community education and outreach are important aspects of the curriculum.
 “It’s important for us to show students how to take principles of nutrition, disease prevention, and wellness from the classroom into the community,” she said.

Support from throughout Greensboro has been “phenomenal,” she added.

“We are incredibly grateful for the support from church, students, university, corporate and public partners who have come together to make this event possible,” she said.