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Third annual Festival of Health slated for October 6 and 7

Celebrities, best-selling authors, health experts, demonstrations and entertainment are expected to attract more than 30,000 people to the University Park Campus on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 6 and 7 for the Los Angeles Times Festival of Health and Fitness.

Celebrities appearing on the festival’s Center Stage include singer Carnie Wilson discussing her struggle with obesity, Montel Williams discussing his personal battle with multiple sclerosis, and actress Holly Robinson Peete sharing her family’s experience with Parkinson’s disease.

The festival, presented in association with USC, will offer 18 panel discussions focusing on a variety of topics from vitamins to back and neck pain. Speakers include John Gray, author of the “Mars and Venus” books, Barry Sears, author of “The Zone,” and Marilu Henner, who recently authored a book on healthy eating for kids.

USC/Norris medical oncologist James Waisman will be an expert on the “Detecting Breast Cancer” panel, (Sunday at 1 p.m.) which will be broadcast live on “The Group Room” show on KLSX-FM 97.1.

The Doctors of USC will occupy a large exhibit near Tommy Trojan and host one of the festival’s main stages. The Doctors of USC stage will cover health and medical topics in talk show-style interviews. See page 2 for a schedule of events.

The Doctors of USC exhibit will host a Cyber CafĂ© to connect visitors with online health information, a laparoscopic surgery station hosted by the USC Surgical Skills Center and a ski simulator from USC’s Center for Athletic Medicine. USC/Norris Cancer Center will offer information on breast self-exam. USC University Hospital will offer free educational videos, and Doheny Eye Institute will feature information on advances in ophthalmology. Visitors can bring their medications to the exhibit, where USC pharmacists will conduct “Brown Bag Medication Checks” to evaluate drugs for possible interactions and effectiveness.

The School of Pharmacy will also offer diabetes, osteoporosis and blood pressure screening in the USC campus pharmacy.

The School of Dentistry will provide free children’s oral screenings and toothbrushes.

USC Occupational Therapy will provide an ergonomic exhibit and USC Physical Therapy will conduct balance screenings.

The Festival of Health is free and will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Parking is $5.

Detailed information will appear in a special Los Angeles Times supplement on Sept. 30 and at www.latimes.com/festivalofhealth.