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TODAY news for Thursday, December 14, 2006

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Family Health Fair hosts more than 2,500 visitors

Conner Thall, 4, pets McCloud, one of the animals involved in the pet enrichment therapy program, and Linda Williams, McCloud�s handler.
Conner Thall, 4, pets McCloud, one of the animals involved in the pet enrichment therapy program, and Linda Williams, McCloud’s handler.
On Sunday, October 29, Loma Linda University, Medical Center, and Children’s Hospital hosted the 29th annual Family Health Fair. More than 2,500 community members participated in the Family Health Fair and toured more than 50 stations.

The event provided individuals the opportunity to participate in their own health care management through free health screenings. They also learned to live a healthier lifestyle through information offered at the many health education booths. Not only does treating problems before they arise prevent pain and anxiety, making the lifestyle choice to take care of yourself now also saves money later.

In addition to free flu shots for adults (over age 18) and children from the age of 2 and up (with a physician’s note), many free family health screenings were be available, including: dental, health age appraisal, vision, body fat, height/weight, and hearing.

Free educational information was provided on topics such as: disaster preparedness, cardiac care, first aid, home care, children’s health, nutrition, prostate, pharmacy, cancer, senior health, and sports medicine.

By Preston Clarke Smith
Julie Salsberry, a nursing student, measures Helen Canada, 16, from Fontana at the Family Health Fair on October 29.
Julie Salsberry, a nursing student, measures Helen Canada, 16, from Fontana at the Family Health Fair on October 29.
Cynthia Rollins, fund development manager, SAC Health Systems, helped kids pledge to be drug-free at the Social Action Community clinic booth.
Cynthia Rollins, fund development manager, SAC Health Systems, helped kids pledge to be drug-free at the Social Action Community clinic booth.

TODAY news for Thursday, December 14, 2006