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Just for the Health of it, 4-time Olympian Joetta Clark Diggs to Headline Community Health Day and Fun Fair

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (April 25, 2013) - Four-time Olympian Joetta Clark Diggs, a U.S. legend in track and field, will headline the “Just for the Health of It” community fair to be held on Saturday, May 4, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. in Buccleuch Park, off of Easton Avenue.

Joetta Clark Diggs

Joetta Clark Diggs

The annual fair, co-sponsored by Saint Peter’s University Hospital and New Brunswick Recreation, offers a day of fun along with health information for the entire family.

“Just for the Health of It” features games, rides, a fun bus and an obstacle course for children, baseball, soccer and tennis tournaments, a DJ, and karaoke on the main stage.

The Saint Peter’s University Hospital Community Mobile Health Unit will also be on hand to provide free health screenings and health information, and the Rutgers University School of Pharmacy will offer lessons on medication safety.

Many experts have called Diggs the greatest distance runner in American history. She was inducted into the USA Track and Field Hall of Fame in 2009. Diggs’ prolific career spanned nearly three decades as a four-time Olympian in the 800 meters in 1988, 1992, 1996 and 2000, prompting The Star-Ledger newspaper to name her “New Jersey’s Woman of Athlete of the Century.’’ She was also a 15-time All-American, 9-time NCAA champion and 11-time Southeastern Conference champion in collegiate track and field. She is a graduate of Columbia High School in Maplewood.

Rutgers University’s Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy and Johnson & Johnson, both New Brunswick, are supporting sponsors of “Just for the Health of It.”

Download a "Just for the Health of It" flyer pdf

About Saint Peter's University Hospital
Saint Peter’s University Hospital is a 478-bed acute-care teaching hospital sponsored by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Metuchen. Saint Peter’s is a state-designated children’s hospital and a regional perinatal center, and is a regional specialist in geriatrics, oncology, orthopedics, women’s services and ambulatory care.

The Children’s Hospital at Saint Peter’s University Hospital provides families with access to a full range of pediatric specialties, including pediatric cardiology through its affiliation with The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

Saint Peter’s is a sponsor of residency programs in obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics and internal medicine, and is a regional medical campus of Drexel University College of Medicine. Saint Peter’s also sponsors a residency program in orthopedic surgery in affiliation with the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.

The hospital, part of the Saint Peter’s Healthcare System, is fully accredited by The Joint Commission, is recognized as a Magnet hospital for nursing excellence by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, is a three-time winner of the Beacon Award for Critical Care Excellence in Nursing, and is recognized by the American Diabetes Association in all areas of diabetes education. Saint Peter’s is located at 254 Easton Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ 08901. For more information about Saint Peter's, please visit www.saintpetershcs.com or call 732-745-8600.

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Contact:
Philip Hartman
Director of Public Relations
Saint Peter's Healthcare System
New Brunswick, N.J.
732-339-7002
phartman@saintpetersuh.com