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November 1, 2011 > Fall 5K and Health Fair to benefit those in need

Fall 5K and Health Fair to benefit those in need

By Jessica Noel Waymire

Fall is full of crisp, cool mornings and family-centered holidays. This November, let's remember all we have to be thankful for and try to share our abundance with those who are struggling. A great way to help those in need, and to improve your own health, is to join the first annual Tri-City Health Center 5K Run/Walk on November 5 at Lake Elizabeth in Central Park. The purpose of the race is to raise funds for the Center's annual "Expanding Our Care" fund, which allows them to improve health care options for patients.

Tri-City Heath Center, located in Fremont, is committed to "serving everyone, regardless of their ability to pay." The Center opened in 1970 as a women's health clinic and expanded their services over the last 40 years to include dental care, behavioral health services, and primary medical care for low-income and homeless patients in the area. Many patients are uninsured. A multi-lingual staff welcomes families whose native language is not English.

Jim Brunelli, the new Associate Development Director at Tri-City Health Center, says the Fair "was an opportunity to do something healthy and a way to create public awareness of the Health Center." Brunelli has been with the Center for two months and strongly believes in its cause. "In these tough economic times, with people facing the loss of jobs, loss of insurance, it is a safety net for the community." He feels that good health is the foundation for everything we do, enabling us to work and care for our families. The education and services provided by the Center provide everyone in the community the opportunity for a strong start in life.

In addition to the 5K, Fremont's Tri-City Health Center is hosting a free Health Fair. The Fair is a forum to advance healthy living and introduce the community to the many great services provided by the Center. Snacks, music, activities for kids, and free health screenings are just a few of the features attendees can expect. Wellness Education booths provide information on Center services such as prenatal care, nutritional services, breast cancer awareness, and a "healthy home model," exemplifying a relaxed home atmosphere.

The Center hopes to raise enough money to expand their services to include telemedicine-a remote form of care that can reduce patients' wait time to see a doctor. With tele-dermatology, a photo or scan of the patient's skin condition can be taken and sent to a doctor to determine if the patient needs immediate care.

Kaiser Permanente Fremont and the Fremont Bank Foundation are sponsoring the Fair this year. Festivities begin at 9 a.m. with check in for race participants. The Run/Walk begins at 10 a.m. and awards and raffle drawings follow at 11:30 a.m. Participants who commit to raising at least $250 have the distinction of being a Tri-City Health Center Partner. Partners receive a special THCH hoodie as part of their race registration. Runners and walkers of all ages are encouraged to join and any level of fundraising is gratefully received. Direct donations to the Center are also welcome. Check out the Center's Web site to join this race for a great cause!

Tri-City Health Fair and 5K Run/Walk
Saturday, November 5
9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Race starts at 10 a.m.
Central Park
40000 Paseo Padre Parkway, Fremont
(510) 770-8040
$25 entry fee for race participants

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