The Howard County NAACP Youth Council hosted a community health fair on Saturday, Nov. 2 at the Ridgely Run Community Center in Jessup.

"It was an event to empower and to educate the community about health issues and concerns and provide preventative information," said Bessie Bordenave, youth adviser for the Howard County NAACP Youth Council. "Health issues and concerns are one of the programs outlined by the NAACP National Office for units to provide focus and information to the community."

Bordenave added that the "mission and goal of the youth council is to provide information to the youth and the community about education, health, political action and economic empowerment."

Bordenave said the event began with a youth "sickle cell walk" around the community at 9 a.m.


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More than 20 vendors participated in the three-hour event, which feature demonstrations, visits from politicians and "health snacks and food," according to Bordenave.

"The major sponsor of this event was the Horizon Foundation," Bordenave said. "We received donations of fruit and vegetables from Maryland Produce in Jessup and also from Harris Teeter and Weiss grocery stores."

Bordenave said more than 200 people attended the fair, which she called "a success."

The Howard County NAACP Youth Council has more than 75 members, ranging in age from 6 to 19.

"The Youth Council works very closely with local leaders, politicians, the police department and others organizations to provide information and services to the community," Bordenave said.

She added: "They work tirelessly to inform the community of the problems affecting African Americans and other racial and ethnic minorities. This youth council is multiracial, multicultural, and multi-religion and do not discriminate because of race, religion, or sexual original."

For more information on the youth council, go to http://www.howardcountynaacp.com/youth/.