Free Health Screenings, Workshops and Information at 11th Annual Because I Care Community Resource Fair, Sat. Oct. 12

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Media Contact: Margaret Lutz | mlutz@csusm.edu

On Saturday, Oct. 12 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the region’s residents are invited to partake in free health screenings—including blood pressure, dental, hearing and balance—as well as attend educational workshops on healthy living at the 11th Annual Because I Care Community Resource Fair. The event, made possible through collaboration between California State University San Marcos (CSUSM), the City of San Marcos and the San Marcos Fire Department, will take place at the San Marcos Senior Center, located at 111 Richmar Ave.

The Because I Care Community Resource Fair is designed to encourage healthy lifestyles for individuals of all ages and includes educational workshops, caregiver support and activities for children. Helen McNeal, executive director of the California State University (CSU) Institute for Palliative Care at CSUSM will be the keynote speaker, providing attendees with information about how health care is changing, how they can take charge of their health care and ensure a high quality of life in the face of serious or chronic illness.

Other event activities include local vendor booths and a prescription drug "take back" box sponsored by the San Diego Sheriff's Department. The San Marcos Fire Department One, located adjacent to the senior center on Mission Ave., will also be offering fingerprinting for kids, tours of the fire station and firefighting demonstrations.

When: Saturday, Oct. 12 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Where: The San Marcos Senior Center, 111 Richmar Ave.

Why: To encourage healthy lifestyles for individuals of all ages as well as raise awareness of and garner support for individuals who provide care to family members of all ages.

Additional: For more information, visit: http://www.san-marcos.net/index.aspx?page=226

About California State University San Marcos

California State University San Marcos combines the ambiance of a mid-sized, personal, modern campus with the unequaled value of the California State University. Since its founding in 1989, the campus has distinguished itself by providing its students the latest facilities and equipment, a superb faculty, and a rigorous academic program that prepares students for a success in the classroom and the workplace.  A recent survey reported that annual spending in the region was nearly $190 million, generating a total impact of roughly $230 million on the regional economy. Over 85 percent of CSUSM alumni remain in the region fueling the local workforce. Situated on a 304-acre hillside overlooking the city of San Marcos, the campus is located 15 miles east of the coast, and 30 miles north of downtown San Diego.