Wellness Fest Opens Campus up to the CommunitySeptember 24, 2018
PCOM students, faculty and staff welcomed nearly 600 members of the surrounding community
from 97 different zip codes.
On September 22, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) held its first-ever community Wellness Fest, title sponsored by Independence Blue
Cross. PCOM students, faculty and staff welcomed nearly 600 members of the surrounding
community from 97 different zip codes to campus for a day of free food, free health
screenings and fun for the entire family.
In addition, attendees learned about healthy meals through cooking demonstrations
led by CulinArt and the Vetri Family Partnership’s Mobile Teaching Kitchen; learned
about chronic health issues such as breast cancer, obesity and more from PCOM faculty and alumni; and enjoyed live entertainment and a variety of meal options from local food trucks.
“PCOM Wellness Fest allowed us to open our campus up to the community to educate them
about the whole person approach to wellness that comprises the osteopathic philosophy,”
said Jay S. Feldstein, DO ’81, president and CEO. “When we focus on the health of the community, we improve health outcomes for the
Proceeds raised from Wellness Fest sponsors will benefit PCOM Healthcare Centers, which provide care to underserved populations in Philadelphia and rural Pennsylvania
and serve as training sites for the College’s osteopathic medicine (DO) and psychology students. All told, this year’s event raised more than $220,000.
Additional sponsors of PCOM Wellness Fest include Blank Rome, LLP; Cozen O’Connor;
the National Network of Libraries of Medicine; MassMutual Greater Philadelphia; MKM
Foundation; Office Depot; Elliott-Lewis Corp. and PNC Bank.
Next year's event will be held on Saturday, September 21, 2019. For more information
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- This article was updated on September 25, 2018 to state that the event raised more
than $220,000. The original figure was $200,000.
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About Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Founded in 1899, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) 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 operates three campuses (PCOM, PCOM Georgia and PCOM South Georgia) and 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.
PCOM 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. For more information, visit pcom.edu or call 215-871-6100.
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