Valley Presbyterian Hospital Hosts Health & Wellness Community Fair Oct. 10

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Fun Event to Feature Presentations, Booths, Food, Live Music and Children’s Activities

Valley Presbyterian Hospital (VPH) will host its free annual Health & Wellness Community Fair on Saturday, Oct. 10 between 10 AM and 2 PM. The fair will be held at VPH, located at 15107 Vanowen Street, Van Nuys, Calif.

The fair will offer a variety of free health screenings, including blood pressure, carotid artery, glucose, cholesterol, body mass index (BMI) and foot health. Free flu shots will be administered to those who are eligible. Physicians and other medical experts will give live presentations, including Joshua Rokaw, MD, on diabetes awareness, and Brian J. Ostick, MD, on stroke awareness. Attendees may visit information booths to learn more about VPH services and receive health and wellness resources.

“As the San Fernando Valley’s only independent hospital, we are proud to serve this community, and hosting an annual health fair allows us to bring our mission to life in a fun and engaging way,” said Pegi Matsuda, President of the Valley Presbyterian Hospital Foundation. “We are committed to improving the health of the Valley region, and we look forward to interacting directly with our neighbors to provide wellness education and tools that can lead to better health.”

The event will feature fun activities for children, including an arts and crafts station, a treasure hunt, and a “Teddy Bear Clinic” led by certified pediatric nurses and child life specialists. The Teddy Bear Clinic is designed to familiarize young children with hospital settings and procedures. Children choose a teddy bear and take it to a series of medical stations, where the bears receive mock check-ups, bandages and temperature checks.

The fair also will include live cooking demonstrations led by VPH chef Daniel Harrison, and registered dieticians will be on hand to provide information on food and nutrition. Attendees will even be able to extend the community fair experience into their homes by visiting the “Farmer’s Market” on-site and selecting a fruit or vegetable to take home, where they may incorporate the produce into an upcoming meal.

Healthy BBQ food and a steel drum band will round out the day’s festivities. Parking is available at the hospital’s Noble Street parking structure, or next to the hospital at 15211 Vanowen Street, in the Campus parking structure.

ABOUT VALLEY PRESBYTERIAN HOSPITAL
Valley Presbyterian Hospital (VPH) is an independent, nonprofit and nonsectarian hospital serving the medical needs of the San Fernando Valley community for more than 50 years. VPH has grown to become one of the largest acute-care hospitals in the region and continues to provide patient-centered care for a healthy community. The 350-bed facility offers advanced technology and a full range of medical services to improve and save lives. For more information, visit valleypres.org.

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