Photos contributed

Staff Report

More than 1,200 people attended the 37th annual free Health Fair sponsored by Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital on Saturday, Oct. 6, at the Santa Ynez Valley Marriott Hotel in Buellton.

More than 40 people were fitted with safety helmets by volunteers.

“No doubt this was a successful event, as many people came and got their flu shot and were able to learn about the many programs and services our area offers from senior health to bike safety. We love when we can help out the community and keep people healthy,” said hospital Vice President Wende Cappetta.

The hospital’s registered nurses administered 351 free flu vaccines. The event also provided 109 free total cholesterol and glucose finger-stick screenings and 87 free osteoporosis screenings. Participants received results to give to a doctor for follow-up and treatment if needed. 

“I come each year to get a free flu shot and see what is available. I got a great swag bag of goodies from local organizations. We had a fun time,” said Cody Goodwin of Buellton.

At the 37th annual SYVCH free Health Fair, nurses administered 351 free flu vaccines.

The hospital’s Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation and Surgical Services staff performed 85 free blood pressure checks, and Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital’s Trauma Services team fitted 43 safety helmets for children and adults and sold them at the heavily discounted price of $10.

Dozens of exhibitors and sponsors had display booths, giveaways and free refreshments as well as free information. Prize drawings for 30 free pink tote bags filled with gifts from local businesses and exhibitors were awarded every half hour.

For more information on Cottage Health, visit