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YRMC hosts the 2017 Celebrate Life Health Expo on Saturday

The 2016 Celebration Life Health Expo

The 2016 Celebration Life Health Expo

A throwing clinic and free car seats for kids, bicycle safety for all ages, a healthy-cooking demonstration and health and wellness information for all—you’ll experience this and much more at Yavapai Regional Medical Center’s 2017 Celebrate Life Health Expo on Saturday, May 20.

The no-cost celebration will be held at the Prescott Gateway Mall, 3250 Gateway Blvd., from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

YRMC invites the public to come and gather information from over 90 non-profit organizations dedicated to health and wellness. Visitors can check in to the various “indoor and outdoor neighborhoods” to learn more about health and wellness, heart health, health for children and families, career and volunteer opportunities and interactive fitness classes.

“There’s something for every age and interest at YRMC’s 2017 Celebrate Life Health Expo,” said Roxanne Hull, the hospital’s community outreach coordinator. “We’re featuring health-focused activities, services and information for men and women of all ages, older adults, families with children, and more in our many Expo ‘neighborhoods.”

In 2017, YRMC’s Expo will introduce a new outdoor area that features safety activities, including:

Bicycle safety checks for all ages with Bike Prescott. Bring your bicycle.

Child car seat safety checks by the Central Arizona Fire and Medical Authority.

Brand new, free car seats from YRMC’s Family Resource Center. Pre-registration is requested for this event by calling 928-442-8861.

Throwing assessments for young athletes with Al Peraza, physical therapist with the hospital’s Physical Rehabilitation Services.

One of the features at this expo will be a CarFit assessment intended to benefit older drivers. The assessment process is intended to be certain one’s personal vehicle is the right “fit” so that the driver has a safe ride while on the road.

“CarFit is not a driving test or mechanical inspection,” said Susan Connor, director of the hospital’s Physical Rehabilitation Services. “It’s an interactive, educational opportunity that increases safety and mobility for mature drivers. YRMC saw the value of CarFit for the people of our community.”

During an assessment, a YRMC occupational therapist – specially trained as a CarFit instructor – reviews 12 key points of safety, for example how to:

Ensure adequate space between you and the steering wheel

Operate the safety devices in your personal vehicle

Use your seat belt properly

Adjust head rests for comfort and safety

“CarFit gives people the opportunity to resolve issues they may be having with their cars,” Connor said of the 20-minute assessment. “It increases safety and mobility.”

To reserve a CarFit assessment call 928-771-5131 Opt. 2 by May 12.

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