Highway to Health Festival Brings Health and Wellness to over 2,000 Sacramento Families
HEALTHCORPS & WE CONNECT TEAMED UP TO LINK SACRAMENTO COUNTY RESIDENTS TO VALUABLE HEALTH AND FINANCIAL RESOURCES, FITNESS, AND FUN
HealthCorps and The California Endowment’s WE Connect program, in partnership with Sacramento Building Healthy Communities, the Intuit Financial Freedom Foundation and local community organizations, continued its campaign to enroll thousands of eligible California residents in affordable health coverage and link them to valuable health and money saving resources. The free community resource fair brought together thousands of residents and is part of The Endowment’s efforts to educate Californians on the Affordable Care Act and help ensure successful implementation of the groundbreaking legislation.
Individuals and families received free enrollment assistance for low-cost and no-cost health coverage programs like Medi-Cal and the county-run Low-Income Health Plan (LIHP), as well as free tax preparation services. Other services included interactive health and wellness booths, free basic medical and dental screenings, and a healthy food giveaway for the first 2,000 families.
“Events like this are a great way for HealthCorps to further its mission by bringing together the community and showing people that the tools to maintain a healthy lifestyle can be simple and fun,” said Michelle Bouchard, President of HealthCorps.
In addition to screenings and resources, there was live entertainment throughout the day by Radio Disney, Sacramento Kings Talent, Yoga Across America, a Teen Battle Chef competition and more.
Specific event partners included:
- WE Connect
- The California Endowment
- Intuit Financial Freedom Foundation
- Building Healthy Communities: Sacramento
- Sacramento Covered
- Sacramento City Unified School District
- Evamor water
- Yoga Across America
- The California Walnut Board
- Anthem Blue Cross Foundation
- The Sacramento Kings
- UC Davis Health System
- Radio Disney
- California Endive Farms
Opportunities for attendees to learn about health, to have fun and to receive help from a variety of resources, were provided by the variety of booth participants set up at the event, which included:
Chef Tyler Stone, Onsite Medical Center, California Family Fitness, Anthem, UC Davis Health Systems, Sahaja Meditation, GreenWise JV, Sacramento Food Bank, WEAVE inc., Farm to Forks, Panacea Services, CARES, Soil Born Farms, Edible Landscape Solutions, VSP, and Bryan College.
UC Davis Health Systems had a very popular booth with an activity set up to test the jumping abilities of attendees.
Farm to Forks held a cooking demonstration, using the food items gifted to families at the festival.
Specific High School Booths included: Hiram Johnson showcasing Four Factors of Fitness, McClatchy’s aromatherapy booth, Sacramento Charter High School “making stress balls,” Luther Burbank offering a free blood pressure check to attendees.
Radio Disney started off the day providing music, fun competitions and dance lessons for all. The Kings Breakers performed and taught elementary break dancing moves in partnership with UC Davis Health System, Cal Fit, Bryan College, and VSP, while the Kings mascot, Slamson, interacted with attendees. Acro Yoga led attendees in a yoga demonstration and there was also an opportunity to learn the latest fitness craze, Zumba. The Kings Dancers performed and danced with the kids. The Sacramento Charter High School dance team also performed, and Luther Burbank High School students rapped about healthy eating.
Another big attraction was the Teen Battle Chef competition!
Sacramento Charter High School, Luther Burbank High School, and Hiram Johnson High School were the three participants in the challenge. Chef Tyler Stone was emcee for the event, and the judges included Chef Tyler Stone, Greg Wine, MS, RD Clinical Dietitian at UC Davis Medical Center, Chef Pannell of the Moon River Inn Bed & Breakfast, and Chef Michelle Tambarango.
Sacramento Charter High School, Chrissy Knopp, Coordinator – Students made Citrus Braised Endive Pasta. They won the culinary award.
Luther Burbank High School, Isa del Signor Dresser Coordinator – Students made Tempura Shrimp served with glazed California walnuts and bok choi sautéed in peanut oil, soy sauce, and garlic. They won the presentation award.
Hiram Johnson High School, Felix Martin Coordinator -Students made Seafood Kabobs with shrimp, scallops, and vegetables marinated in herbs, lemon, and olive oil, sautéed and served on a bed of Kashi pilaf. They won the nutrition award.