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Free Kid-Friendly Health Fair at Westside Family Health Center

 

August 3, 2017

Westside Family Health Center (WFHC), a community health center located in Santa Monica, will celebrate with a free, community-wide Health Fair on Tuesday, August 15 from 11:00 am - 2:00 pm at Virginia Avenue Park's Splash Pad Area, located at 2200 Virginia Avenue in Santa Monica in celebration of National Health Center Week. Every year in August, community health centers celebrate National Health Center Week and this year it is from Sunday, August 13 through Saturday, August 19 with the theme of "Celebrating America's Health Centers: The Key toHealthier Communities.". WFHC's Health Fair activities include healthy eating games and tutorials, nutrition lessons, body mass index (BMI) testing, blood pressure screening, glucose testing, Covered California information and enrollment help, information on WFHC services and programs, face painting, and a photo booth. The Santa Monica Lions Club will offer free vision screenings on their mobile van and Children's Dental Funzone will provide patient education and oral hygiene kits. WFHC will also provide healthy snacks and drinks to demonstrate alternatives to sugary or high calorie options and children have the chance to win prizes, such as backpacks with supplies. In addition, Representatives from Congressman Ted Lieu's office, State Senator Ben Allen's office, and Assemblymember Richard Bloom's office will be there. "As local community owned and operated businesses, Health Centers serve 25 million Americans at more than 9,000 delivery sites in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and U.S. Territories" according to the National Association of Community Health Centers. "One in every fifteen people living in the United States depends on health center services. Health Centers deliver high quality, cost effective, accessible care while serving as critical economic engines helping to power local communities.""Community health centers play an important and vital role in the health of our communities," said Debra A. Farmer, President/Chief Executive Officer of WFHC. "We provide services to all people in the community but focus on the uninsured or underinsured with little access to primary health care and health education. WFHC's Health Fairs are a fun way to bring attention to what community health centers do while providing some great health education for the community," she continued. Please join WFHC on August 15and be sure to bring the family. About Westside Family Health Center Westside Family Health Center, founded in 1974, is a non-profit community health center providing a wide range of low-cost health care services. WFHC serves more than 10,000 low-income and uninsured women, men and children, regardless of one's ability to pay. To learn more about WFHC, please visit http://www.wfhcenter.org.

 

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