VAN NUYS, Calif. – Valley Presbyterian Hospital (VPH) will host its free annual Health &
Wellness Community Fair on Saturday, Oct. 11 between 10 AM and 2 PM. The
fair will be held at VPH, located at 15107 Vanowen Street, Van Nuys, Calif.
This year, the theme of the VPH Health & Wellness Community Fair is
"A Trip to the Farmer's Market" to emphasize the importance
of maintaining a well-balanced diet that is rich in the fruits and vegetables
readily available at local grocery stores and farmer's markets. Attendees
will even be able to extend the Community Fair experience into their homes:
after visiting the "Farmer's Market" on-site and selecting
a fruit or vegetable to take home, they may incorporate the produce into
an upcoming meal.
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 be on hand to give
live presentations, including
Polisky, MD on diabetes awareness, and
Ostick, MD on stroke awareness. There will also be presentations on maternal
health, one of VPH's key services to the community.
"As the San Fernando Valley's only independent hospital, we proud
to be a citizen of this community and to host this health fair as a way
to bring our mission to life in a fun and engaging way," said Senior
Vice President of Community & Market Development Pegi Matsuda. "We
stand for improving the health of the Valley region and we look forward
to interacting directly with a large number of our neighbors to provide
wellness education and tools that can lead to better health."
Children's activities will include face painting, a balloon artist,
a puppet show, an arts and crafts station and car-seat safety demonstrations.
The event also will feature a "Teddy Bear Clinic" led by certified
Child Life Specialists. This program helps familiarize young children
with hospital settings and procedures should they or a family member become
hospitalized. Children may choose a teddy bear and take it to a series
of medical stations where their dolls receive mock check-ups, bandaging
and temperature checks.
The fair also will include live cooking demonstrations led by Gloria Huerta
and other representatives from Food for Life. The breakfast demo will
feature scrambled tofu (Hispanic style) and sweet potato hash, and the
afternoon demo will include two recipes - garbanzo bean mock tuna and
cauliflower ceviche. Food for Life is an award-winning Physicians Committee
for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) program designed by physicians, nurses
and registered dietitians that offers cancer, diabetes, weight management,
employee wellness, and kids' classes that focus on the lifesaving
effects of healthful eating. Each class includes information about how
certain foods and nutrients work to promote health, along with cooking
demonstrations of simple and nutritious recipes that can be recreated
easily at home.
Information booths, healthy 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.