Hoboken Health Fair – Saturday 1-5 pm

“Family & Friends”  Event Saturday to Feature Array of Participants

HOBOKEN — Mayor Dawn Zimmer, Assemblyman Ruben Ramos, Freeholder Anthony Romano Jr., Fourth Ward Councilman Michael Lenz and other members of the Hoboken City Council, Hoboken Housing Authority and representatives of the Police Department will participate, in various capacities, in the Family & Friends Health, Nutrition and Fitness Fair this Saturday.

The event, which will take place from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Mama Johnson ballfield at Fourth and Jackson streets, will feature a cooking contest in which Mayor Zimmer, Assemblyman Ramos and other officials will participate as judges. Mayor Zimmer will also lead a bike ride around the neighborhood, in conjunction with some bikes and scooters that will be given away as prizes. Assemblyman Ramos and Freeholder Romano are also supplying food for the event. Ramos, a former City Councilman, once ran a series of Housing Authority nutrition programs similarly designed to promote good eating habits and exercise.

The health fair, which will be the latest installment in an ongoing series launched by Housing Authority Commissioner Jake Stuiver in September, will focus on the theme, “You Are What You Eat.” Local caterer Eric Rodriguez will run the cookoff, and Councilman Lenz, who recently lost over 150 pounds through improving his diet will speak about the benefits of good nutrition. Ian Rintel of Hoboken Golf will supply a mini-golf course on the ballfield.

Health and Human Services Director Leo Pellegrini will also be on hand supplying audio equipment for music entertainment, city employee Paul Drexel is helping coordinate various health-screening services that will have tables on the field, as will education-, vocation- and job-seeking service HOPES and the Save the Youth Academy teen-assistance program, whose co-founders, Luis Acevedo and Housing Authority Executive Director Carmelo Garcia, will coordinate many of the event’s athletic activities.
Those who wish to participate in the cookoff must prepare the food in advance and bring it to the event. For the recipe every participant must use, please contact HHA Commissioner Jake Stuiver at


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