Vallejo community health fair educates, entertains public

By Irma Widjojo Times-Herald staff writer 
Posted: 08/20/2012 01:20:47 AM PDT

Hundreds of shoppers received free health screenings Sunday at Vallejo Seafood City Supermarket during the bi-annual health fair organized by a Touro University student organization and Kaiser Permanente Medical Center, Vallejo. 

The health fair offered free blood glucose and blood pressure screenings, pharmacy consultation, and osteopathic manipulation. 

Don Balanay, president of the university's Filipino American Medical Society, said the 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. fair is aimed at educating the public. 

"Many people, especially the Filipino community, don't understand the concept of primary or preventative care," Balanay said. "It's not about going to the emergency room when something hurts. It's what you can do to prevent it from hurting." 

A few high school and undergraduate students were also allowed to shadow the Touro students during the event,

Maria Cabe, 20, is a senior at University of California, Davis, and considering going to medical school. 

"This has inspired me so much," Cabe said. "This really solidifies what I want to do the most." 

She said she appreciates the holistic approach of osteopathic medicine. 

Conchita Bura of San Francisco said she was stopping by the supermarket for lunch when she saw the event.

Bura then received some osteopathic manipulation for her shoulder pains by two student volunteers. 

"It helped a little bit," she said. "They don't have something like this in SF." 

About 30 Touro students volunteered at the Sunday event, which also featured demonstrations of Zumba and Arnis, a type of Filipino martial arts.

Contact staff writer Irma Widjojo at (707)553-6835 or iwidjojo@timesheraldonline.com. Follow her on Twitter @IrmaVTH.

Two second year Touro students, Donovan Jeffcoat and Amber Buck, give Conchita Bura osteopathic adjustment for shoulder pain during the Sunday community health fair. (Irma Widjojo / Times-Herald)
Two second year Touro students, Donovan Jeffcoat and Amber Buck, give Conchita Bura osteopathic adjustment for shoulder pain during the Sunday community health fair. (Irma Widjojo / Times-Herald)