Apr 24, 2013

Health Expo Draws Healthy Crowd

An estimated 500 people attended the Future Foundation's 2013 Health Expo at the Agoura Hills/Calabasas Community Center on Saturday, April 13.  Some 143 area residents took advantage of the $25 blood panel screening according to Irene Brennick, Director of Community Services for Los Robles Hospital. Another 30 residents donated blood for the Rotary Club of Calabasas sponsored blood drive. Free screenings were provided for blood pressure and body mass index as well as exercise and fitness demonstrations.

Among the popular features at this year's event was UCLA Health Systems' "Stress Free Zone," and the "Operation Game." The game featured a life size "body" from which participants were challenged to "surgically" remove various "organs" without tripping an alarm. It took a steady hand to remove the "funny bone" or "butterflies" from the stomach.

The Los Angeles County Fire Department provided training in the latest techniques of  "sidewalk" CPR. If you have not renewed your CPR skills lately, you should consider taking a refresher course to learn the newest techniques.

Among the most helpful exhibits was the "Ask the Doctor" area where doctors from Los Robles Hospital provided answers to questions from attendees in one on one private discussions.Several doctors from UCLA Health Systems were also available to answer specific questions for attendees.

In addition to all the exhibits, three very informative presentations about stress were conducted by experts in the field.  Doctors Edd Hanzelik and John Horton discussed "The Inner Game of Stress," and Doctor Shahrzad Shareghi discussed "How Stress Affects the Heart." All in all, it was an excellent opportunity for area residents to take some positive steps toward a healthier life.

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