Los Angeles Times to Host Second Annual Festival of Health
LOS ANGELES, Sept. 7, 2000 - Some of the country's top medical researchers and experts specializing in genomics, nanotechnology, cancer care, natural health and integrative medicine will be among the more than 100 health care practitioners participating in the second annual Los Angeles Times Festival of Health, which will be held Sept. 16-17 on the University of Southern California University Park campus.

The free public festival will be open from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. On-campus parking is available for $5.

Over 35 workshops and panel discussions will focus on such topics as breakthrough medical care and technology; surgical reconstruction; cardiac health care; women's and children's health issues; facial rejuvenation techniques; allergies and asthma; vitamins and minerals; diet, fitness and exercise; and the best health-related sites on the World Wide Web.

Free on-site health services available at the Festival of Health include screenings for asthma, cholesterol, diabetes, high blood pressure, bone density, and macular degeneration, which can cause blindness; breast examinations and mammograms; mother and child wellness exams; oral exams; prescription evaluations; and pregnancy tests. Osteoporosis heel screenings and hip and spinal scans will be offered at modest fees.

Detailed event information will be available in the official festival program, which will be published in the Sept. 11 edition of The Times, and on the festival's Web site, www.latimes.com/festivalofhealth. General information is also available by calling 800/528-4637 ext. 7WELL (79355).

Keynoters

Maureen Reagan, nationally recognized lecturer, political analyst and health advocate, will deliver Saturday afternoon's keynote address. She will be introduced by actor and Alzheimer's Assn. spokesman David Hyde Pierce, best known for his role as Niles Crane in the NBC hit series, "Frasier."

Preceding Reagan and Pierce on Saturday will be legendary physical fitness expert Jack LaLanne.

Panel/Discussion Sessions

Panel and discussion sessions focusing on family and women's health, mind-body medicine, alternative therapies, quality of living, and fitness and nutrition include:

Family Health Matters

Saturday: New Thinking About Memory and Aging, What Every Woman Needs to Know About Men's Health, Financial Wellness: Preparing for a Healthy Retirement
Sunday: Cancer: A Family Affair, How to Get the Health Care You Need, For Pet's Sake: Caring for Your Companion Animal

A Woman's World

Saturday: A Midlife Manual, Women & Cancer: Beating the Odds, Your Best Face Forward
Sunday: Preventive Care for Women, Nutrition for Women, How to Have a Healthy Mother-Daughter Relationship

Mind-Body Medicine

Saturday: Comparing Alternative Therapies, Natural Health, Giving/Getting a Great Massage
Sunday: All About Acupuncture, Aromatherapy & Essential Oils, Feng Shui Fundamentals

Living Well

Saturday: Breakthrough Medicine, Allergies & Asthma
Sunday: Take Heart, Immunizations: Understanding the Issues, e-health

Fitness & Nutrition

Saturday: Sizing Up Diets, Shop Smart: Eating Well, How to Choose a Personal Trainer
Sunday: Peak Performance: The Alexander Technique, Sports Medicine: Preventing Injuries & Getting Back on Track, Vitamins & Minerals: What Works

Stage Activities

The event's six stages will offer a wide range of health and fitness activities including yoga, martial arts, gymnastics and bodybuilding demonstrations; body sculpting, aerobic, dance and exercise classes; nutrition and cooking demonstrations; and family and children's entertainment.

Interactive Events

The Festival of Health will also feature several interactive programs, including:
• Gatorade S.W.E.A.T. Force basketball relays and hoop toss competitions;
• An 85-foot-long Iron Man challenge course featuring tunnel crawls, squeeze plays and obstacle walls;
• Twin Peaks, at 35 feet high, the largest portable rock climbing wall in the country;
• Slap-shot hockey, fastball pitching and grand-slam batting cages; and
• Ski and golf driving-range simulators.

The festival is presented in association with USC and is sponsored by The Doctors of USC, KTLA 5, Bally's Total Fitness, California Healthcare Foundation, The California Wellness Foundation, HeaRx, KIIS-FM, Natural HealthLink, Radio Disney and STAR 98.7.
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