United India Association of New England (UIANE) jointly sponsored with Indian Medical Association of New England (IMANE) their first collaborative Health and Wellness fair at the Westin Waltham Hotel on Sunday 6/3/12 from 10-4pm. It was a full house attended by over 100 people. The event was very successful & well complimented event! The event drew members from different organizations including UIANE, IMANE, Golden Club and Aavkar organizations.
The event was organized by the UIANE and IMANE team and cochaired by Dr. Sapna Agarwal and Dr. Gayatri Vohra. The room was filled with people sitting around oval linen covered tables and all the Audio Visual equipment was provided by Mr. Girish Mehta from Indian Circle for Caring USA, Inc. (ICC). The mouth watering appetizers comprised of samosas were served with some warm masala tea which was great start to a rainy day outside.
The program began with an overview by the services provided by Indian Circle of Caring followed by brief presentations throughout the day from various speakers including Dr.Sadru Kabani, Dr.Ram Chuttani, Joan Hill, Gita Patel, Dr.Lata Mundkar, Jay Gupta, Dr. Pratibha Shah, Dr. Anubha Sacheti, and Dr. Salil Midha. The speakers were introduced by the cochairs Dr. Sapna Agarwal, Dr. Gayatri Vohra and the Vice President of UIANE, Dr. Seema Arora.
Dr. Sucheta Joshi, President of IMANE stated that IMANE is the oldest organization for medical professionals of Indian origin in the New England area and thanked all those who attended the event.
Dr. Neela Gandhi, President of UIANE welcomed everyone and thanked all the attendees and speakers for taking the time to support the event.She said this was the first time UIANE had organized a health fair and also the first event that they had collaborated with IMANE. She thanked the committee of IMANE and UIANE for the great team work to make the event such a success. She mentioned that the event was possible with the support of financial sponsorship from NOVO Nordisk, Aptalis Pharma, Velscope, Astra Zeneca, and Vitamin Shoppe.The other sponsors included Whole Foods who supplied samples of smoothies and salads, Indian Circle of Caring, Jay Yogacaps, Bhavna’s Wellness Group, Free Massages by Debra Baker, Sondarya Spa and Colgate.
There was a delicious Indian Vegetarian lunch catered by Bollywood Grill served during the lunch break.There were several raffle drawings with prizes that included a Sonicare Electric Toothbrush and Britesmile Tooth Whitening donated by Dr. Neela Gandhi, Chemical Peel and Microdermabrasion sponsored by Dr. Anil Kumar of Center of Lasers and Cosmetics, Gift Baskets by Vitamin Shoppe, Bhavna’s Wellness Group, and Whole Foods, Happy Healthy Teeth book donated by Dr. Anubha Sacheti, Vegetarian cookbook Blending Science with Spices donated by Gita Patel, and DVD on Yoga Rejuvenation by Jay Yogacaps. Goodie bags comprising of free toothbrush,toothpaste ,floss and patient education material were distributed at the event and was donated by Colgate.
The committee had raised some money at the end of the event and had pledged to donate to the research in the various medical specialties and will split the amount and donate to Boston Cardiac Foundation, Massachusetts Dental Society Foundation, American Association of Diabetes Educators(AADE) Education and Research Foundation and Jay Yogacaps,a non-profit dedicated to sharing free yoga with underserved populations like cancer survivors, seniors and people with mental illnesses.
UIANE is a non-profit organization that helps promote cultural events in the New England area, please visit their web-site for more information www.unitedindia.net.