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An Ounce of Prevention

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Hygiene student Stephanie Rocha instructs a young visitor on proper teeth cleaning.

The largest wellness event in Southern California will be held at USC’s University Park campus on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 4 and 5.

The Los Angeles Times Festival of Health and Fitness, sponsored by USC and the Doctors of USC, will feature celebrity health advocates, best–selling authors and leading health experts who will join USC faculty experts at the fifth annual event.

Entertainers will perform on outdoor stages, chefs will whip up healthy concoctions and experts will explore the latest medical breakthroughs and the newest exercise trends. Celebrities scheduled to attend include actors Hector Elizondo and David Hyde Pierce and authors Gotham Chopra, Susan Love and Barry Sears.

More than 40 panels on topics ranging from integrative medicine to macular degeneration and men’s and women’s health are planned.

The Doctors of USC stage, located near Tommy Trojan, will host experts’ discussions on such topics as prostate and colorectal cancers, skin cancer, Parkinson’s and epilepsy, spine and back injuries, minimally invasive heart surgery and macular degeneration.

The Doctors of USC exhibit, also located near Tommy Trojan, will feature educational information on the latest innovations taking place on the Health Sciences campus and medical treatments available at USC University Hospital, USC/Norris Cancer Hospital and Doheny Eye Institute.

Visitors will learn about the newest non–surgical devices to eradicate cancer, robotic surgery technology, implantable devices that treat diseases, diagnostic options available to physicians and how to access the USC physicians who have pioneered these techniques.

Interactive activities in the Doctors of USC exhibit include the laparoscopic surgery test station hosted by the USC Surgical Skills Center, LASIK screening, a ski simulator and medication screening by the USC School of Pharmacy.

Other interactive elements at the event include a children’s sports area, oral screenings by the USC School of Dentistry; a child’s backpack safety check and body fat analysis by USC Occupational Therapy; blood pressure and osteoporosis screening for women by the USC School of Pharmacy; and a blood drive hosted by the USC Blood Donor Center.

USC/Norris Patient Van/Centinela Project will provide information on clinical trials. The Los Angeles Caregiver Resource Center and Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center at USC will provide information for caregivers.

The event also will be the site of the 11th Annual 5K Memory Walk, benefiting the Alzheimer’s Association of Los Angeles.

The free event, expected to attract more than 70,000 people, will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., both days.

Parking is $5. Detailed information and stage schedules will appear in a special Los Angeles Times supplement on Sept. 28 and on www.latimes.com/festivalofhealth.

An Ounce of Prevention

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