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ShopRite Store to Host Free Health and Heritage Fair to Mark Hispanic Heritage Month

ELIZABETH, N.J. -- In observance of Hispanic Heritage Month, Wakefern Food Corp., based here; ShopRite of Passaic-Clifton, N.J.; and St. Mary's Hospital of Passaic will host a Health and Heritage Fair. The event, which will be held Sept. 30 at ShopRite of Passaic-Clifton from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., will promote wellness and educate adults and children alike on a variety of health issues. Registered nurses, clinical dietitians, physical therapists, and a pediatrician will be present to conduct health screenings and answer questions.

Among the scheduled free activities are:

--Bone density screening provided by ShopRite of Passaic-Clifton Pharmacy

--Blood pressure screening provided by ShopRite of Passaic-Clifton Pharmacy

--Body-fat analysis provided by St. Mary's Hospital

--Healthy cooking and eating presentations

--From 3 p.m. to 4 p.m., a talk on children's health by pediatrician Dr. Elliot Samet, who will also answer questions

--A free cold turkey sandwich to each participant who signs a contract to quit smoking "cold turkey"

--Healthy product samples provided by ShopRite

--Free scrunchy bears given away (while supplies last) to kids who visit the "Teddy Bear" clinic to learn how to take care of their health.

"ShopRite has a long-held tradition of providing its customers with information that directly impacts their daily lives," the company noted in a statement. "This health day is designed to help ShopRite customers make informed choices when it comes to diet, health, and lifestyle."

Wakefern Food Corp. is the largest retailer-owned cooperative in the United States and on of the largest employers in New Jersey. The cooperative consists of 44 members who individually own and operate supermarkets under the ShopRite banner. Today Wakefern, the merchandising and distribution arm of the company, and the almost 200 ShopRite stores throughout New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and Delaware employ more than 47,000 associates.

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