Press Release: 07/16/2013

Healthy Living Festival Celebrates 10 Years

Contact:
Kamika Dunlap
(510) 272-3691
kamika.dunlap@acgov.org

Oakland, CA, July 16, 2013

This year marks the 10th Anniversary of the Healthy Living Festival and it is expected to draw more than 2,000 seniors from Oakland and throughout Alameda County. The event organized by United Seniors of Oakland and Alameda (USOAC) is geared toward older adults, organizations and individuals who support them.

The festival is free and will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Thursday, July 17, at the Oakland Zoo, 9777 Golf Links Road and USOAC is partnering again with the zoo to host this countywide event.

“We want seniors to be healthy and empowered to address the critical issues that impact their lives,’’ said Alameda County Supervisor Nate Miley and founder and president of USOAC. “I’m also proud to see the festival growing and still going strong after a decade.’’

This year’s event is focused on two themes to engage seniors around protecting their health, independence and well being. Firstly, the festival will promote California Department of Public Health’s campaign “It’s up to All of Us,” educating seniors about pedestrian safety. In addition, there will be a petition signing to support a single point of access and coordinated care for Medicare and Medi-Cal seniors and people with disabilities in both programs, called “dual eligible” beneficiaries.

The Healthy Living Festival is the largest health and resource fair for seniors in Alameda County. The Festival is designed for civil action and involvement as well as a healthy and fun-filled event with nearly 80 educational and resource booths promoting healthy living and successful aging. Additional planned activities include health screenings, medication take-back, Tai Chi, Zumba, and Folklorico dancers.

For more information about the Healthy Living Festival and USOAC, visit http://www.usoac.org/ ###

ABOUT OAKLAND ZOO:

The Bay Area's award-winning Oakland Zoo is home to more than 660 native and exotic animals. The Zoo offers many educational programs and kid's activities perfect for science field trips, family day trips and exciting birthday parties. Nestled in the Oakland Hills, in 500-acre Knowland Park, the Zoo is located at 9777 Golf Links Road, off Highway 580. The East Bay Zoological Society (Oakland Zoo) is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization supported in part by members, contributions, the City of Oakland and the East Bay Regional Parks.


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