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Health fair boasts record attendance

OCEANSIDE — The fifth annual North County Health and Wellness Fair held Aug. 12 boasted record attendance with more than 400 visitors in the first hour. “It’s the best turnout we’ve ever had,”
Kristi Hawthorne, Oceanside Chamber of Commerce event coordinator, said.
Those who attended had more to look at this year with an added island of booths and additional tabletop exhibits. Medical centers, gyms, message centers, veterinarians and juice vendors were among the 60-plus health care businesses at the fair. “There’s something for everyone,” Hawthorne said. “People might be surprised by the wide variety of services for families.”
“I go to the health fair every year,” Candis Jiron of Oceanside said. “It’s a great way to spend the day.”
Attendees could have their blood pressure and body fat tested. “Blood pressure and body fat are the silent killers,” Wendy Conner, LVN with Scripps Coastal Medical Center Encinitas, said. “Most of the time people don’t know. Seeing the numbers gives them a jump start.”
There were doctors on site for consultations and plenty of health experts on hand to suggest how to live a healthier life.
“We’re here to educate people about facility,” Sandy Barberio, Tri-City Wellness Center member services associate, said.
The Tri-City Wellness Center in Carlsbad has three saline pools, including a hydroworks pool with an underwater treadmill. The 58,000-square-foot mega gym also houses an indoor track, fitness classes and a floor of exercise equipment.
Vendors covered cradle to the grave health needs. “We’re here to help as the last chapter,” Mark Jordan, funeral director of Oceanside Mortuary, said.