SATURDAY MARCH 16th — WE CONNECT AND HEALTHCORPS TEAM UP TO LINK THOUSANDS OF SACRAMENTO COUNTY RESIDENTS TO VALUABLE HEALTH AND FINANCIAL RESOURCES, FITNESS, AND FUN

Posted 03/07/2013 | By HealthCorps


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
March 18, 2013

CONTACT:
Kaitlyn MacGregor
PHONE: 916-532-4451
kaitlyn.macgregor@healthcorps.org

Jamie Romas
PHONE: 916-717-2854
jromas@mercuryllc.com

SATURDAY MARCH 16th — WE CONNECT AND HEALTHCORPS TEAM UP TO LINK THOUSANDS OF SACRAMENTO COUNTY RESIDENTS TO VALUABLE HEALTH AND FINANCIAL RESOURCES, FITNESS, AND FUN

On Saturday March 16, , thousands of Sacramento families will take part in a free, community resource fair hosted by WE Connect and Highway to Health in partnership with community organizations.  The event will help attendees learn about the new health care law and what it means for them and their families, as well as fun ways to stay healthy through fitness and nutrition.  Individuals and families can get connected to 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 and access to other money-saving programs and resources.

In addition to screenings and resources, there will also be live entertainment throughout the day by Radio Disney, Sacramento Kings Talent, Yoga Across America, and more.  The event brings together dozens of resources to one location, making it easy for attendees to access services and information that include interactive health and wellness booths, financial and employment assistance, enrollment into CalFresh, free tax preparation, dental screenings and flu shots.  A free healthy food giveaway will also be available to the first 2,000 families.

WHEN:
Saturday, March 16, 2013
9:00 AM – 2:00 PM

WHERE:                                                     
Hiram Johnson High School
6879 14th Avenue
Sacramento, CA 95820

WHO:                                                           Event partners include:

  • WE Connect
  • The California Endowment
  • HealthCorps
  • 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

NOTES:                                                       

Media is encouraged to attend the event as it includes powerful visual and interview opportunities.

To learn more about event festivities, please visit www.highwaytohealthfestival.com , or to see the list of materials participants are encouraged to bring for health and tax assistance, visit WeConnect.net.

EVENT PARTNER INFORMATION

About WE Connect

WE Connect was established by former California First Lady Maria Shriver in 2005. The Program is now run by The California Endowment with Lt. Governor Newsom’s leadership, continued funding and in-kind support from Intuit and the Intuit Financial Freedom Foundation and partnership with La Opinion. WE Connect joins The Endowment in challenging conventional wisdom that health solely happens in the doctor’s office. Health Happens in Schools, in Neighborhoods and with Prevention. WE Connect empowers families in underserved communities to lead healthier and more financially secure lives by connecting them to resources such as the Earned Income Tax Credit, California’s Healthy Families Program and CalFresh. This nationwide campaign connects those eligible with the information and tools they need to access these valuable resources. The program has successfully resulted in helping millions of Californians through its community events, web-based tools, public-private partnerships, and collateral materials. For more information about WE Connect, please go to www.weconnect.net.

About HealthCorps

HealthCorps®, www.healthcorps.org, is a 501 (C) 3 co-founded by Dr. Mehmet Oz, the world-renowned cardiac surgeon and two-time Daytime Emmy® Award-winning host of the two time Daytime Emmy® Award-winning “The Dr. Oz Show”, and his wife, Lisa Oz.  HealthCorps® is building a nationwide movement to shape a new generation. HealthCorps® “Coordinators” carry out unique in-school and community programming targeting high-need populations. Using peer-mentoring to deliver a progressive curriculum in nutrition, fitness and mental strength, HealthCorps® Coordinators give teens purpose, help develop human character, and inspire an interest in health and culinary arts careers. HealthCorps® also serves as a unique research laboratory – exploring the complex, underlying causes of the obesity crisis and discovering and communicating solutions. HealthCorps® is bringing many initiatives together to address the “Whole Child” and activate the students’ mind, body and spirit. As a result, HealthCorps® is transforming the educational paradigm one school at a time. The program network spans 66 schools (including 6 in Sacramento) in 14 states and the District of Columbia. Please follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/healthcorps and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/HealthCorps.

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