Family health fair hosts more than 2,800 visitors
Stephanie Tavira, 7, from Moreno Valley, takes bubbles from Sumer Castaneda, a graduate student in the child life program, after getting her flu shot.
On Sunday, October 30, Loma Linda University, Loma Linda University Medical Center, and Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital hosted the 28th annual family health fair. More than 2,800 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 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.
Mary O’Connell, an operating room nurse at LLUMC, helps Daniel Bran, 11, from Moreno Valley, listen to his heart at the Association of Perioperative Registered Nurses booth.