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PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Santa Barbara Promotes Health at Community Family Day & Health Fair on the Eastside

The City & County of Santa Barbara welcome the community to a free Family Day and Health Fair on Saturday, September 14, 2013.


The City & County of Santa Barbara welcome the community to a free Family Day and Health Fair on Saturday, September 14, 2013.

On Saturday, September 14, local agencies and sponsors are providing a fun community Family Day and Health Fair at Santa Barbara Junior High on the Eastside of Santa Barbara. More than 50 organizations are collaborating to offer free health screenings (e.g. vision, hearing, blood pressure, dental and fluoride varnish for children, and glucose), live music, resource informational booths, important information about how health care reform will work in Santa Barbara, educational demonstrations, and healthy food. Everyone who participates is eligible to win some incredible prizes including bicycles and computers. The health screenings and other activities are for children and adults of all ages. All elements of the Family Day and Health Fair are free!

What: Where: When:

Community Family Day and Health Fair Santa Barbara Junior High School, 721 East Cota 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

This is the second year a Family Day and Health Fair collaboration is being held in the City of Santa Barbara. Last year, almost 500 individuals participated in free health screenings. Of those screened, we found:

• 47% of the children screened for oral health had dental decay • 10% of the individuals screened for hearing failed the screening test • 23% of the individuals screened for asthma needed follow-up • 17% of the individuals screened for vision failed the screening test • 47% of the children and 71% of the adults screened for body mass index were

overweight or obese • At least 10 adults were identified with previously undiagnosed diabetes.

The large number of local agencies and sponsors at the health fair will provide options for service and or support as needed. Entertainment will be provided by local performers including Folklorico de Atzlan, Mariachi Las Olas, The Martinez Brothers featuring Ruben Estrada and The Anthony Prieto Band.

The goal of the Family Day and Health Fair is to provide a day of family fun and recreation while inspiring individuals, families, organizations and communities to focus on the physical and mental health and wellness of themselves and others.

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