CSUSM Community Fair Emphasizes Healthy Living for Caregivers


Media Contact: Margaret Lutz | mlutz@csusm.edu

California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) and the City of San Marcos, Community Services Department announce the third-annual Because I Care Community Resource Fair, promoting wellness and healthy living, on Saturday, October 9 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the San Marcos Senior Center, located at 111 Richmar Avenue.

Designed specifically for local caregivers, their families, and their older patients, this free community-wide event promotes healthy living and nutrition, including resources and tools to enhance physical and mental health. Because I Care will feature educational workshops, no-cost blood pressure and dental screenings, information about available community resources and services from local vendors, and a "Meet the Pharmacist" session offering free, individual consultations. Interactive activities for children and live entertainment will also be provided. Flu shots from CVS Pharmacy, as well as food, will be available for purchase at the fair.

Keynote speaker, Dr. Nick Yphantides, M.D., a local family physician, community wellness advocate, and author of My Big Fat Greek Diet, will share his amazing story and offer helpful tips on how to live a healthy life. In his book, My Big Fat Greek Diet, Dr. Yphantides chronicles his life-long struggle with food. Throughout his adult life, Dr. Yphantides constantly battled his weight and the embarrassment of not being able to fit into airline seats and restaurant booths. Galvanized by poor health and years of humiliation, Dr. Yphantides set out on an incredible physical and mental weight-loss journey.

For more information about the fair, visit www.csusm.edu/becauseicare or contact Georganne Woodward, director of the San Marcos Senior Center, at (760) 744-5535. 

Special thank you to our event sponsors: City of San Marcos, Palomar Pomerado Health, Silvergate Retirement Residences and Alzheimer's Suites, Palomar Pomerado Supportive Home Care and Philips Lifeline, Visiting Angels, Living Assistance Services, The Elizabeth Hospice, Starbucks Coffee, and Sparkletts.

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. Students benefit from the latest facilities and equipment, a superb faculty that enjoys teaching, and a rigorous academic program that prepares students for a successful life in and out of the workplace. A recent survey reported that our annual spending in the region was $161 million, generating a total impact of $307 million on the regional economy. Eighty-five percent of CSUSM's alumni stay in the region. CSU San Marcos is located on a 304-acre hillside overlooking the city of San Marcos. It is 15 miles east of the ocean; just 30 miles north of downtown San Diego.