Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Milton (BID-Milton) will hold its fifth annual Community Health Walk and Health Fair on Saturday, September 27, from 10 am – 2 pm, at the hospital located at 199 Reedsdale Road, Milton.
The family-oriented, health and wellness event will kick off at 10 am with a 5-kilometer (3.1 mile) walk through Milton, beginning and ending at the hospital’s Highland Street entrance. A shorter 1-mile walk around the hospital’s campus will also be offered.
The walk will be followed by a community health fair in the hospital’s main lobby at 11 am. Blood pressure checks as well as body mass index, glucose and vision tests will be provided. A limited number of flu shots will also be available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Family-oriented events following the walk include face painting, moon walk and obstacle course, tours of several emergency response vehicles and DJ entertainment. A free barbeque lunch will be available starting at noon and lasting until 2 pm.
A new event for teenagers this year is the nationally noted Arrive Alive texting and distracted driving prevention simulation program from Unite. This interactive program uses a car and virtual reality goggles to show young drivers the dangers of texting while driving.
The hospital will also formally award its Community Health Mini-Grants to eight local organizations whose programs address the primary health needs identified in the hospital’s Community Health Needs Assessment undertaken in 2013.
Funds raised at the event will go towards facility improvements and new equipment for the hospital’s outpatient Cardiac Rehabilitation Program. This multidisciplinary program provides monitored physical exercise, stretching and stress management as well as vital education for individuals recovering from a heart attack, heart surgery, angioplasty or angina. Since its inception, the hospital’s Cardiac Rehab has helped hundreds of local men and women lead new, heart-healthy lifestyles.
Visit the hospital’s website at www.bidmilton.org to download registration forms. Registration is $5 per walker, and children 12 and under are free.