Community Notebook: Palo Alto health fair promotes healthy city, community

Saturday event offers one-on-one sessions, demonstrations and more

Where can you learn about local health services, take part in exercise classes and get one-on-one sessions with Stanford physicians?

The Palo Alto Community Health Fair, sponsored by the City of Palo Alto, the YMCA, Stanford Children's Health, Lucile Packard Children's Hospital and other local nonprofit agencies, will take place Saturday, Sept. 26, from 9:50 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Mitchell Park Community Center, 3700 Middlefield Road.

The health fair will begin with remarks from Mayor Karen Holman about healthy living in Palo Alto, and will feature one-on-one sessions with Stanford physicians; talks on heart health, juvenile and adult diabetes and nutrition; an expo on local health services; a Safety Town Exhibit with interactive exercise classes for all ages, a bike and helmet demonstration and hands-on activities; art and music performed by the Gunn High School Jazz Band.

The fair is part of the City Council's priority of "health city, healthy community" that was adopted this year as an area of focus during the council's annual planning retreat.

A stakeholders group have been meeting to talk about several programs related to the priority, including participation and support of the health fair, according to a City of Palo Alto announcement.

"The Healthy City, Healthy Community Council priority is our commitment to adopt and promote healthy social, cultural and physical environments that support wellbeing and citizens coming together to engage in meaningful work for the benefit of the community," said Palo Alto Mayor Karen Holman in a statement. "We are fortunate to have so many dedicated organizations who have joined together to make this truly a community-wide effort."

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