VAN NUYS, Calif.
– 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,
Joshua Rokaw, MD, on diabetes awareness, and
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
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
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.