Free Vision, Hearing and Other Screenings Offered at Health and Wellness Fair June 6
2009-06-02 · By Editor
Long Beach residents are invited to join Vice Mayor Val Lerch, Long Beach Redevelopment Agency, Leadership Long Beach Class of 2009 and dozens of local service providers for a free, community Health & Wellness Fair on Saturday, June 6, from noon to 4:00 pm at Houghton Park Community Center, 6301 Myrtle Avenue.
“The Leadership Long Beach Class of 2009 identified preventive health services as a critical need for our community, and I support their efforts wholeheartedly,” said Vice Mayor Val Lerch. “I especially encourage residents who may not have health insurance or who may be forgoing preventive screenings to bring their families and take advantage of the vital services offered at this free event.”
Health Fair organizers expect to serve more than 300 residents with vision, dental, hearing, blood glucose, and blood pressure screenings, and dozens of other health and wellness related services and information. All activities and services are free to the public. Guest speakers will include First Lady Nancy Foster, a staunch advocate for mental health services.
“More than 1 million California residents have lost their jobs in the last 18 months of the recession, and more than 500,000 have lost their health insurance in the same time frame,” said Raúl A. Añorve, co-chair of the event. “One of our values as community leaders is promoting the health and well-being of our community. Through this health fair, we plan to bring important resources directly to residents, and work towards bridging the gap in preventive care.”
Entertainment at the North Long Beach Health & Wellness Fair will include children’s activities provided by YMCA Early Childhood Education Programs staff and Zumba demonstrations.
Health Fair Exhibitors and Supporters include: First Lady Nancy Foster, Long Beach Press-Telegram, Long Beach Department of Health & Human Services, Long Beach Water Department, Long Beach Unified School District, Long Beach Fire Department, American Diabetes Association, American Heart Association, American Red Cross, of Long Beach
Parker Hearing Center, Eyeland Optometry, Fairfield YMCA, YMCA Early Childhood Education Program, Center Long Beach, California Pools of Hope, The Guidance Center
Cambodian Association, JCFS, Jax Bicycle Center, Simple Green, 211 LA County, Southern California Edison, Paramount Petroleum, L.A. Sentinel, St. Mary Medical Center, Long Beach Spine & Rehabilitation, Newport Dental – Long Beach, John Tracy Clini.
Health Fair Sponsors include: Leadership Long Beach Class of 2009, Vice Mayor Val Lerch, 9th District, Long Beach Redevelopment Agency, Uptown Gazette, 7-Eleven Stores, Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, Kiwanis NLB, The Sign Factory, Reliable Energy Management, Inc., LBPost.com, Desert Express.