Valley Presbyterian Hospital Hosts Health & Wellness Community Fair Oct. 12
Fun Event to Feature Free Health Screenings, Presentations, Information Booths, Food, Live Music and Children’s Activities
Valley Presbyterian Hospital (VPH) will host its free 8th Annual Health & Wellness Community Fair on Saturday, Oct. 12, between 10 AM and 2 PM. The fair will be held at the Hospital, located at 15107 Vanowen Street, Van Nuys, Calif.
The fair will offer a variety of free health screenings, including blood pressure, body mass index (BMI), carotid artery, dental, foot health, pulmonary and women’s health. Free flu shots will be administered to those who are eligible. Physicians and other medical experts will give live presentations, including Nicholas Borm, 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 Gustavo Valdespino, President & Chief Executive Officer. “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 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. Our local fire department will display a fire engine and paramedic van next to the Kid’s Corner.
The fair also will include a free fitness workout session, plus a live cooking demonstration led by Hospital Chef Marcelo Zavala, 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.