Staff Report

More than 1,100 people attended the 36th annual free Health Fair sponsored by Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital on Saturday, Oct. 6, at the Santa Ynez Valley Marriott Hotel in Buellton.

“This event was an outstanding success for community health! We truly thank all our exhibitors and event sponsors, and the Santa Ynez Valley Marriot who contributed to the grand prize gift bag with a one-night stay at the hotel,” said hospital Vice President Wende Cappetta.

Some 330 free flu vaccines were administered by the hospital’s registered nurses, and 112 free total cholesterol and glucose finger-stick screenings and 79 free osteoporosis screenings were provided. Participants received results to give to a doctor for follow-up and treatment if needed.

The hospital’s Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation and Surgical Services staff performed 90 free blood pressure checks, and Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital’s Trauma Services team fitted 35 safety helmets for children and adults at the heavily discounted price of $10

The Health Fair featured demonstrations, 40 exhibitors and display booths, giveaways and free refreshments as well as free information about medical procedures offered at the hospital in Solvang. Prize drawings for 30 free pink tote bags filled with gifts from local businesses and exhibitors were awarded every half hour.