Hospital's first annual health fair draws
By Jesse Phelps
The Ojai Valley Community Hospital
hosted its first annual health fair on Saturday at St. Thomas
Aquinas Church from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event served as a forum
for health and fitness services in the Ojai Valley, everything
from child care to healthy eating and fitness training to elder
care and pet resuscitation.
The event attracted 65 vendors, featuring a number of mobile
units including an emergency response team, Mercy Air, demonstrating
a helicopter landing. Other participants were as varied as Help
of Ojai, Rainbow Bridge, the Alzheimer's Association, The Gables,
Ojai Valley Athletic Club and two resources for pregnant women.
The Ojai Birth Resource & Family Center came into being just
after the hospital closed its maternity ward several years ago
and supports women who are pregnant or who have just had a child.
The Ojai Pregnancy Center is another group providing pre-natal
counseling, pregnancy tests and a range of services for the mother-to-be.
Hospital staff estimates that more than 400 people showed up
to learn what kind of resources Ojai can offer to keep its citizens
healthy and participate in the four seminars hosted at the event.
At one seminar, Dr. Clarence Sterling showed people how to do
cardiopulmonary resuscitation on their pets. Another demonstrated
distster preparedness. Long-term care and aromatherapy were the
subjects of final two seminars for the day.
Mike Ellingson, director of community relations and development
for the hospital, said the fair could help coalesce diverse health
resources available to the valley's citizens.
"We recognized in the valley
that a lot of organizations do kind of their own little health
fair every year and we really felt that it would be much more
powerful if everybody kind of came together under one umbrella
and did an annual health fair that truly represented the community
and brought everybody together," he said.
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