October 21, 2017 – Legislator Leslie Kennedy and Comptroller John Kennedy welcomed members of the local community to the St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center’s Annual Health Fair. Organized by the Medical Center’s
Community Outreach Program, the fair is a chance for hospital staff to meet and
interact with members of the community in a more relaxed and informal setting.
Half education and half celebration, the fair boasted flu vaccinations, health
screenings, and informational tours, as well as more child-friendly attractions
such as the Teddy Bear Clinic. The fair was also a celebration of the Medical
Center’s Maternity Ward, which was recently designated Baby-Friendly by the
World Health Organization’s Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative, the first
hospital to be designated as such in Suffolk County. Hospitals designated as
Baby-Friendly provide support, education and resources for the breastfeeding of
newborn infants, a practice associated by the National Institute of Health with
better nutrition, more robust immune protection and lower chances of developing
allergies, diabetes and other conditions in later life[i].
“The first few months of a child’s life are some of the most formative,” Legislator Leslie Kennedy stated, “and as a member of the Health Committee I make it a priority to ensure that mothers and their children have both the nurturing environment and necessary support to prosper. I am proud of St. Catherine’s for ensuring that new mothers will have more than enough of both.”
For more information about this event or other
events in the community, please call our office at (631)-854-3735 or log onto
Legislator Kennedy’s Facebook page at facebook.com/legislatorlesliekennedy.
[i] "What are the benefits of breastfeeding?" Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. Accessed October 24, 2017. https://www.nichd.nih.gov/health/topics/breastfeeding/conditioninfo/Pages/benefits.aspx.