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Palo Alto Community Health Fair returns for third consecutive year

City and the Palo Alto Family YMCA collaborate to form healthier community

The City of Palo Alto and the Palo Alto Family YMCA will hold the third annual Community Health Fair at Mitchell Park, 3700 Middlefield Road, on Saturday, Sept. 10.

The event is open to people of all ages, and includes classes and talks on fitness and nutrition along with free health screenings.

This year’s event will focus on specific topics, said Lee Pfab, executive director of the Palo Alto Family YMCA.

"Our three themes are diabetes prevention, sports injury prevention and emotional health and well-being," she said.

The challenges of mental health are of great importance to this year’s event, as it coincides with Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. In light of this, there will be a QPR (Question, Persuade and Refer) suicide-prevention training course organized by Project Safety Net, a collaborative dedicated to preventing youth suicide.

Pfab stressed the importance of this course in particular.

"The emotional well-being of children is a priority to this community," she said.

Along with focusing on fitness, nutrition and mental health, the event will feature various activities including dance, music and martial arts performances, as well as a scavenger hunt.

"The intent of the event is to bring residents together and to share resources as well as open up dialogue," Pfab said.

With so many valuable, thought-provoking talks and activities slated this year, the health fair is poised for continued success in its goal to help the community establish lasting health for both the body and mind, she added.

For a schedule of speakers and activities and to register for lectures, click here.

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