• Free Health Screenings in Alhambra


    by Winston Chua

    ALHAMBRA – In spite of what you think about health carelegislation on a national or statewide level, there is little, if anything, toargue about when it comes to free health screenings locally this Saturday.

    The Alhambra YMCA will provide services relating todiabetes, blood pressure, osteoporosis, body fat analysis, pain management,cholesterol, chiropractic screenings, asthma, stroke and H1N1. The center willprovide 500 free H1N1 vaccinations as they partner with Alhambra Hospital, theUSC School of Pharmacy, Arcadia Methodist, Garfield Hospital, the San GabrielValley Medical Center, the Rotary Club of Alhambra and more.

    Gabriel Valley Medical Center Saturday will be part of theYMCA Health Fair taking place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

    Valerie Gomez of the YMCA, who heads the event, said. “Wehave some amazing community partners that extend to our community. This is acollaboration of bringing participating hospitals together for health andwellness of all.”

    This is the second year of the event, which has takenroughly four to five weeks to prepare. Raymond Poon and Paul Wondries and hiswife, along with Gomez, have been working together to make events likeSaturday’s one possible. The YMCACEO said she believes in the principle of giving, and not walking the journeyof life in a solitary way.

    The Alhambra Fire Department and Police Department will also be present on Saturday.

    Eileen Diamond, chief business development officer for theSGVMC, said “We’re very happy to be participating in YMCA’s Health Fair. We thinkit’s wonderful and we’re glad to be a part of it.”

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