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 individual.”
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 visit pcom.edu/wellnessfest.
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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