On Oct. 26, USC Verdugo Hills Hospital (USC-VHH), in conjunction with the YMCA of the Foothills, hosted its free annual health fair for the community in the hospital’s lower parking lot. The yearly event is one of the hospital’s largest community events, bringing together children and adults of all ages with opportunities to take preventive measures to safeguard their health.

“The purpose of the health fair is to really help the community get and stay healthy by offering information to allow individuals to be in control of their own health,” said Deborah Weirick, director of community and donor relations at USC-VHH.

More than 500 people attended this year’s health fair. Hospital medical volunteers administered 300 flu shots and conducted hundreds of health screenings for things like glucose, blood pressure, body mass index, vision, balance and more. YMCA of the Foothills provided Zumba and spin classes on-site and organized face painting and activities for kids.

“Knowing your biometric numbers like blood pressure and glucose can help people understand if they are at risk for stroke or diabetes,” Weirick said. “Furthermore, our many booths at the health fair are well-staffed with experts on diet, nutrition, exercise, physical therapy and mental health, so it’s a one-stop shop for those who are learning more about improving or maintaining good health.”

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Physical therapists Samantha Fernebok and Rashmi Palacios provide balance screenings and resources for preventing falls. (Photo/Deborah Weirick)

YMCA of the Foothills offered Zumba class for attendees. (Photo/Deborah Weirick)