Oakland Zoo Celebrates 18th Annual “Healthy Living Festival” For Alameda County Seniors on September 30th

Oakland Zoo
September 24, 2021

Oakland Zoo CEO Nik Dehejia, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaff, and Supervisor Nate Miley at the 2019 Healthy Living Festival atOakland Zoo

Oakland, CA – September 24, 2021…Oakland Zoo is excited to host its 12th year as the event location for the “HealthyLiving Festival,” presented by the United Seniors of Oakland and Alameda County, next Thursday, September 30th from 9am to 1pm. As with many eventsBay-area wide this year, the event has been altered and will take place as a drive-through experience. Free lunch and swag bags will be given to all pre-registered participants. Last day to register for the event is today,Friday September 24.

We are honored to once again be asked to host this year’s event and we’re grateful to do our part to help ensure the health of our senior community. We are here to support all ages, both as a resource and as a long-standing destination dedicated to animals, nature, and education,” says Nik Dehejia, CEO of Oakland Zoo.

The Healthy Living Festival isa free event for seniors 55+ living in Alameda County to promote health and wellness. In previous years, this annual event drew an average of more than2,000 participants.

Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaff dancing with 2019Healthy Living Festival guests

For many, getting vaccinated, tested, and staying social in a safe way has been a challenge. Oakland Zoo continues to be our gracious and flexible partner, and I am excited that this year’s Healthy Living Festival is a safely organized drive-through, offering all three necessities to those who need them the most”, says Nate Miley, Alameda County Supervisor for District 4 andVice President of the Board of Supervisors.

This year's event will be held as a drive-through event at Oakland Zoo, following all Covid-19 safety protocols required at that time.

Throughout the day Oakland Zoo will also offer a free on-site clinic for COVID-19 testing/vaccinations and flu shots for those participating in the festival as well as other community members who have not yet been vaccinated. Those who receive a free COVID-19vaccine at Oakland Zoo’s pop-up clinic will get a free Oakland Zoo Family Pass*.

Oakland Zoo has been a staple for almost 100 years in the Oakland community. As the Zoo enters its Centennial year, it will continue and expand its involvement within the community they call home.


*Oakland Zoo Family Pass is good for a one-day admission for 2 adults and 2 children, plus free parking for one vehicle (a $98 value).






Isabella Linares

Oakland Zoo


Office: 510-632-9525 ext. 239


Erin Harrison

Oakland Zoo


Office: 510-632-9525 ext. 120







Oakland Zoo, home to more than 850native and exotic animals, is managed by the Conservation Society of California(CSC); a non-profit organization leading an informed and inspired community to take action for wildlife locally and globally. With over 25 conservation partners and projects worldwide, the CSC is committed to conservation-based education and saving species and their habitats in the wild. Oakland Zoo is dedicated to the humane treatment of animals and is accredited by theAssociation of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), the national organization that sets the highest standards for animal welfare for zoos and aquariums.


The USOAC is a grassroots, multi-ethnic, intergenerational nonprofit organization focused on issues of concern to Alameda County seniors and their allies.USOAC utilizes techniques to educate, mobilize and enable seniors and their supporters to address the issues that affect their quality of life.In 1986, USOAC started organizing seniors and their allies to address shrinking resources for older adults at both the local and regional levels. For more than 25 years USOAC has helped to empower older adults throughout Alameda County by serving as a catalyst for a positive change and contributing to the betterment of senior citizens and the broader community. USOAC collaborates with the disabled communities, youth, senior service providers and others.USOAC has more than 5,000 individual members, chapter and affiliates throughout Alameda County.