By Diana Sevanian
It was more than one year ago when the 25-member-strong
Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce Health and Wellness Committee made a
pledge to this community. That vow: To create a free Health and Wellness fair
featuring a vast array of local healthcare professionals, businesses and
organizations – each offering educational information, services and
“Something for everyone,” was how event chair Nancy Coulter
envisioned the gathering.
And “Something for everyone” was exactly what a legion of
event-goers found on Saturday, Jan. 31 when the Chamber’s inaugural Health and
Wellness Fair took place at College of the Canyons.
“It was very important that our residents know the scope and
depth of what’s available right here in the Santa Clarita Valley in the field
of health and wellness,” said Coulter, also a longtime American Cancer Society
volunteer. “This valley is not only a beautiful place to live and raise
families it's also a wealth of health and wellness services and programs,
and the variety is amazing.”
Coulter lauded the hard-working committee members and 92
vendor participants for creating the successful health fair, noting that
integrity was at the center of the event.
“That focus was clearly visible in the variety of areas
available,” she said. “The California Medical Board sent a representative from
Sacramento to have a table, as did the Los Angeles County Department of
Mental Health, Department of Health Services and Department of Public
Services. We also had health services and education for the under-insured
and uninsured residents.”
Screenings included: cholesterol, glucose, blood pressure,
memory, strength and balance, chiropractic, vision, bone density, orthodontic,
and pulse oximetry (to check for oxygenation of blood). Also on board:
educational information on nutrition, smoking cessation, cancer, hearing,
vision, stress, dental, hypnotherapy, eating disorders, home care,
health insurance, life coaching, hearing, diabetes, exercise and fitness,
weight loss, Yoga, spa/skin care, physical therapy, and breast imaging and
mammograms, Medicare/Medi-Cal, the SCV Senior Center’s many programs and
services (including supportive services, respite day care, home-delivered
meals, and enjoyable classes and trips). Also, specialized information and
services offered included: prosthetics and orthotics, Lasik, emergency preparedness,
the National Bone Marrow Donor Program, blood donation, Equine Assisted
Psychotherapy, and registered dietitian and consumer protection.
Coulter gave high praise for the sponsors “who made it all
“This is a very giving and supportive community and our sponsors
reflect that quality,” said Coulter, whose role included securing sponsorships
and overseeing event committees.
Key sponsors included:
Platinum level: Henry
Mayo Newhall Memorial
Hospital and The Signal; Gold
level: Providence Holy Cross, KHTS AM-1220 and The Magazine of Santa Clarita; Bronze
level: Aligned Health and Chiropractic and Wellness
Center, and Comfort Keepers In-Home
“We can't thank these amazing sponsors enough for their
support and dedication to this event that benefited the entire community!”
Coulter strongly lauded Sidney Nichols, SCV Chamber Health
and Wellness Committee Chair. (The SCV Chamber’s Health and Wellness Committee
strives to inform and educate the SCV public while promoting health and
wellness professionals who are also members of the SCV Chamber of Commerce.)
“Sid was an incredible support and provided back-up in every
instance,” she said.
She also thanked the extraordinary work of the committee,
with special gratitude to Dr. Kelly Herta, David Sutz, Jenny Nemitz, Caroline
Miranda and Nichols “who were our backbone.”
A highlight of the day, Coulter added, was the presentation
of a proclamation from Michael Antonovich's office and the Los Angeles
Board of Supervisors.
“We received it for the dedication of the Chamber of
Commerce Health and Wellness Committee in putting on this fair. That was a
very special honor and Sidney and I were proud to accept it on behalf
of the committee,” Coulter said.
More special thanks, Coulter said, goes to Signs Unlimited
for “donating our wonderful “Thank You to Our Sponsors” banner.
“Also,” she said, “a big thanks goes to the SCV Sheriff’s
Station’s volunteers and Explorers who helped with traffic direction and
safety. You, along with all the volunteers who helped us set-up and then clean
up from this big event was all greatly appreciated!” she said.
Plenty of positive feedback came in during and after the
health fair, Coulter noted.
“One comment we kept hearing over and over was, ‘This is
such a positive, happy event, we are having a really good time!’ We felt that
was the theme of the day,” she said.
People were happy they came and were very pleased with the
organized, clean look of the event, Coulter stated.
“Most important, however, more than 1,500 fair-goers left that
day with valuable information to help them become better health and wellness
advocates. And, that was our goal,” she said.