On Saturday, September 24, 2016 from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM, the 9th Annual Health Summit was held at the Jackie Robinson Community Center, 1020 N. Fair Oaks Ave in Pasadena, CA. The event provided FREE tests and screenings along with information on diseases that impact our community and resources that are available to our community.
The goal of the Annual Health Summit is to provide Medical Services and information each year while making sure our community knows where to go the other 364 days of the year to gain access to information and services that are needed to survive daily life. The event takes a holistic look at what does being healthy mean? Physically? Mentally? Nutritionally? Financially? Since all of these elements impact health, this event provides information for the whole family to help you in each of these areas.
Information, Screenings and Fun at the Health Summit
The 9th Annual Health Summit continued to serve the needs of the community by offering FREE screenings, information and services. The event had something for the whole family. Everything from haircuts for men to games for children to exercises for Seniors to healthy cooking lessons and food, the event provided information that impacts the complete health of a person.
Kidz Zone continued to expand and provided much needed information on Special Needs, Black Infant Health, Child Lead Poisoning Prevention, information on the importance of exercise and help in understanding the medical screenings done throughout the day at Pediatrician’s Corner. The kids enjoyed games, face painting, dancing at the Wii Fitness Station and received free backpacks loaded with school supplies.
In Healthy Food, Healthy You Village, people learned about different ways to infuse water using fruit to get tasty, but healthy drinks without the sugar. The goal of this demonstration was to highlight the sugar content in many drinks like soda that is detrimental to our overall health. Many took the oath to drink more water for a healthier lifestyle. They also learned about the benefits of container gardening and had the opportunity to win herbs to get their gardens started. The Blair/Muir Culinary Institute did healthy cooking demonstrations that helped people know that they can eat good tasting food that is good for them.
The inaugural introduction of Wellness Corner was well received. In order to be physically healthy, we must be emotionally well. The reality is that life happens with both positive and negative experiences. How we handle these experiences determines who we are, and how we feel. Stress, loss, illness, finances and more impact our perspectives. Wellness Corner provided information and resources to help people as they take the journey to emotional wellness.
Medical Services were offered with a couple of new services being added. City of Hope did Pulmonary Testing to help guests understand how well their lungs were functioning, and Huntington Memorial Hospital did Derma Scans to help guests understand the damage done to their skin tied to UV Rays. People also received blood pressure checks, glucose screenings, eye exams, HIV Tests and flu shots for FREE.
Once again, the Health Summit succeeded in providing needed services and information to the community. Those that braved the heat had fun, received information and got medical screenings. They now know their status and have tools to help them live healthier lifestyles.
The sponsors for this event were The Pasadena Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Pasadena/Altadena Ivy Foundation, City of Hope, The Pasadena Journal, ChapCare, Friends of the Pasadena/Altadena Ivy Foundation, First AME Church Pasadena, First AME Zion Church and D’Veal Family & Youth Services. Partners for Health Summit 2016 are City of Pasadena, Jackie Robinson Community Center, Council Member John Kennedy, Office of Assemblymember Chris Holden and the Pasadena Chapters of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity & Gamma Zeta Boule Foundation.