2011-03-11 / Health & Wellness

Conejo Health Expo will offer screenings, panels and food

Family event features blood drive, free classes
By Stephanie Bertholdo bertholdo@theacorn.com

The Conejo Health Expo at the Agoura Hills/ Calabasas Community Center on Sat., March 19 will include something for everybody who cares about their health.

The Conejo/Las Virgenes Future Foundation is sponsoring the free expo. Its theme: “Healthy Living for a Healthy Future.”

Families can choose to take part in a variety of activities, said Karen Malatesta, executive director of the Future Foundation.

The community center’s rock climbing wall will be available for use at no charge, and guests will be able to participate in a variety of regularly scheduled fitness classes throughout the day. The gym and exercise equipment will also be available for use during the expo, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Doctors and health professionals will participate in panel discussions and lectures on topics such as cardio health, managing diabetes, robots in medicine and family fitness fun.

Malatesta said participants can have their blood pressure measured, glucose screened and body mass index determined. BMI is an estimate of body fat based on height and weight.

The Rotary Club of Calabasas will sponsor a blood drive at the event. Officials have asked that donors sign up at www.calabasasrotary.org or call (818) 880-2993.

Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center is a sponsor of the expo.

Hospital spokesperson Kris Carraway-Bowman says it’s all about balance.

“Healthy living is about putting all the pieces together—an appropriate exercise regime, working with professionals to monitor your physical and mental health, and ensuring that you eat nutritious foods,” she said.

To drive home the need for people to fuel their bodies with nutritious foods, a Green Truck powered by alternative fuel will offer a variety of organic foods at reasonable prices.

While the foundation has hosted myriad symposiums, colloquia and events during its 38- year history, Malatesta said, the health expo is a first for the group. The foundation’s 33- member board of directors started discussing the idea of a full-fledged health expo in 2010, she said.

“ The Future Foundation’s mission is to improve the quality of life in the region, so obviously being proactive about our (health) improves our own future,” Malatesta said.

Other sponsors include the Agoura Hills/Calabasas Community Center, The Acorn Newspapers and the Agoura Hills Senior Retreat.

Sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities for Conejo Health Expo 2011 are still available, Malatesta said.

For more information or to view the schedule of events, visit www.clvff.org, call (818) 880- 1054 or e-mail info@clvff.org.

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