Hundreds turn out for Inland Valley Medical Center’s health fair

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Physical therapist Alan Mohn gives strength tests to interested guests attending the Community Health Fair at Inland Valley Medical Center, Oct. 19. Shane Gibson photo

Hundreds of residents from Wildomar and the surrounding communities came out for the largest health fair that Inland Valley Medical Center has ever conducted Saturday, Oct. 19, outside the hospital.

“I think it’s really come out fantastic,” Brian Connors, director of marketing for the hospital, said. “You know for Inland Valley, we’ve been here for over 30 years and we’ve had health fairs here and there. But we said, ‘You know what? We need to give back in a bigger way,’ and this is what we’re doing.”

The public event was free for all ages and featured unique and sought-after screenings completely free of charge.

“We’ve not only brought blood pressure and vein screenings, but we actually have an organization we’ve teamed up with that’s actually doing no-cost Alzheimer’s disease screenings,” Connors said. “And then also they’re doing Parkinson’s disease, family cancer – so, unique type of screenings that we’re able to offer here, which is fantastic.”

Free screenings for high blood pressure, genetic conditions and more were conducted as well. In all, there were more than 100 vendors at the event.

“We’ve got total hips and joints, knees; we’ve got physicians here. We’ve got just everything, everything you can imagine,” Connors said.

But it wasn’t all thumb pricks and education, children could have some fun at face painting booths, take home a balloon animal and play on the jumper or slide.

“We thought we’d make it fun for the kids, too,” Connors said.

Jeff Pack can be reached by email at jpack@reedermedia.com.