“The idea behind this (event) is to provide for the community a kind of one-stop resource center for everything,” said Kristi Ortiz, organizer of the event. “Everyone wants to be healthy and live a healthier lifestyle; they just don’t always know where to start.”
And starting Nov. 13 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 3101 Balfour Road (corner of Fairview and Balfour roads), the inaugural family expo will provide fun and creative ways to keep the family healthy in mind, body and spirit. The event will showcase environmentally friendly products and businesses that specialize in keeping the home energy efficient and safe from toxins.
Sutter Delta Medical Center will be on hand to provide free whooping cough vaccines to the first 500 adults 18 and older. And John Muir Health will offer free health screenings for residents throughout the day, including glucose testing, blood pressure screenings, information on women’s and children’s health-related services, cancer services and support groups, body fat composition calculations and information on cardiac and cardiology services.
Chiropractor Dr. Susan Love will be available to offer free backpack checks for kids and instruction on how to properly wear a backpack. And there will be a child identification station as well as a booth from the nonprofit Sight for Seniors program, which offers free eyeglasses and exams to seniors who qualify.
“I’m most excited about the community outreach aspect of this and letting people know about all the healthy resources available to them,” said Ortiz. “As a mom, I know there are so many questions within the community about everything from going green to vaccines. We want to include every single aspect of what it means to be healthy.”
Including financial health. The event will feature local financial experts offering tips for families on staying financially sound, including information on debt relief.
Thinking about going green but don’t know where to start? There’s a booth or two for that at the expo as well. “Being environmentally conscious doesn’t have to be overwhelming,” said Ortiz. “People can take those first steps by doing something as simple as turning out the lights and recycling when they can. It’s as easy as that.”
The expo’s focus on kids will include bounce houses, a demonstration by The Little Gym, free Kindermusik classes, arts and crafts, plus shopping.
“We wanted to make this a fun day for the whole family, so we’ve included a lot of things for the kids so that the parents can go through and get their vaccinations, ask questions and make the most of the event,” said Ortiz. “There will also be shopping, gift items, fresh foods in a marketplace kind of atmosphere, and even recipe books on healthy eating.
“The response so far (from vendors and residents) has been amazing. I think it is going to be a great day.”
The Healthy Families Expo will be held rain or shine. For more information, call 925-595-0272 or go to www.brentwoodmamafestival.com.