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September 21, 2012
Darryl Geddes 315 464-4828

Fall Festival and Health Fair to offer screenings, free flu shots, a bike helmet giveaway and more Sept. 29

SYRACUSE, N.Y.— Upstate University Hospital will host a Fall Festival and Health Fair Saturday, Sept. 29 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at its Community Campus, 4900 Broad Road, Syracuse. The event, free and open to the public, is designed to help Central New York families stay healthy and safe. Among the day’s activities are free flu shots; a bike helmet giveaway, while supplies last; and car seat safety inspections.

“Upstate University Hospital is proud to offer the community these free educational services, screenings and one-on-one sessions with our medical experts,” said Meredith Price, chief administrative officer of the Community Campus. “This is an excellent opportunity to connect with our patients from Central New York and beyond. We encourage everyone to come out and play an active role in promoting healthy and safe families.”

The Fall Festival and Health Fair will highlight more than 30 service areas and includes free health screenings and a free flu shot clinic for both adults and children, while supplies last. Additionally, Upstate physicians will present a full schedule of free HealthLink seminars covering a wide-range of health topics, including prostate cancer, diabetes, sleep disorders, bath salts and shoulder injuries. Visit Fall Festival for a complete list of activities.

There will also be a number of interactive booths and attractions especially for children. Upstate’s Trauma Department will provide free safety helmet fittings and giveaways for the first 300 kids; Safe Kids Upstate NY Coalition, led by Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital, will offer free car seat checks; and the Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office will provide free safe kids IDs. Scheduled activities also include face painting, performances by the Bubbleman, an obstacle course and a junior police academy presented by Upstate University Police. Weather permitting, there will be a large display of emergency vehicles, including a Mercy Flight helicopter, an Onondaga Hill fire truck, a University Police car and a Rural Metro ambulance.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., 93Q’s Ted and Amy and Marty the One Man Party will broadcast live from the event.

Free parking will be available in Community’s campus lots. Food vendors will also be on hand.

Caption: Upstate Medical University’s bike helmet giveaway attracted long lines at the New York State Fair in 2011. Upstate will give away 300 free bike helmets to children at its Fall Festival and Health Fair Saturday, Sept. 29 at its Community Campus.

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