Families enjoyed free wellness activities including cooking demonstrations, health screenings, exercise classes, food trucks and more.
On September 21, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) held its second-annual Wellness Fest, title sponsored by Independence Blue Cross. This year the PCOM community welcomed almost 900 guests from 111 zip codes to enjoy free, healthy fun for the whole family.
“We are delighted to once again welcome our local community to our Philadelphia campus for Wellness Fest,” said Jay S. Feldstein, DO ’81, president and CEO. “Sharing the osteopathic philosophy of whole person healthcare is a central focus of Wellness Fest and we are pleased to provide free health screenings and health-focused activities for people of all ages.”
This year, PCOM and its sponsors offered over 15 free health screening options including blood pressure, hearing, cholesterol and A1C checks, and flu shots. Guests were also invited to ask their health questions in the “Ask the Doctor” booth and attend health-focused presentations by PCOM faculty members.
Other notable events included healthy cooking demonstrations by the Vetri Community Partnership’s Mobile Teaching Kitchen, live entertainment, a dedicated kids’ zone and a variety of food options from local food trucks, all free of charge.
Proceeds from Wellness Fest will benefit the PCOM Healthcare Centers. With locations in Philadelphia and rural Pennsylvania, the Healthcare Centers provide physical and behavioral care to underserved populations and serve as training sites for the College’s osteopathic medicine (DO) and psychology students. This year’s event raised nearly $230,000.
Additional event sponsors included Main Line Health, PNC Bank, Blank Rome LLC, Cozen O’Connor, The Arthur Jackson Company, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, East End Advisors, Elliott Lewis, MKM Foundation and Office Depot.
Founded in 1899, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine has trained thousands of highly competent, caring physicians, health practitioners and behavioral scientists who practice a “whole person” approach to care—treating people, not just symptoms. PCOM offers doctoral degrees in clinical psychology, osteopathic medicine, pharmacy, physical therapy and school psychology, and graduate degrees in biomedical sciences, forensic medicine, mental health counseling, organizational development and leadership, physician assistant studies, school psychology, and public health management and administration. Our students learn the importance of health promotion, research, education and service to the community. Through its community-based Healthcare Centers, PCOM provides care to medically underserved populations in inner city and rural locations. For more information, visit pcom.edu.
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