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2nd Annual Free Philadelphia Outreach Health Festival

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An estimated 1,275 visitors joined us at our 2nd Annual Free Philadelphia Outreach Health Festival downtown at Thomas Paine Plaza on Saturday, October 7. Heartfelt thanks to our phenomenal festival co-hosts at Drexel Medicine, our sponsors Bayer and Lilly Oncology, and all the other agencies and groups that attended.

Jihan Langston-Davis of Drexel Medicine was a festival super star, pulling together an incredible team. The colon cancer education Drexel provided was excellent, while the screenings for blood pressure, glucose, and eye health had a steady flow of visitors. The Drexel team also provided information about the importance of breast health and the benefits of art therapy and offered an interactive surgical game for attendees to play. Dr. Susanna Evans was on site to field attendees' medical questions, while staff from the Stephen and Sandra Sheller 11th Street Family Health Services of Drexel University explained medical insurance and promoted its services.

Special thanks to Bayer for bringing the giant inflatable walk-through colon! It was a huge hit with everyone and such a great visual and educational tool.

The American Cancer Society handed out great cancer resources, while the Cancer Support Community of Greater Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Department of Public Health both promoted their services.

The Philadelphia Corporation for the Aging had local aging resources, excellent publications, and giveaways for the crowd.

Indego, a city initiative operated by Bicycle Transit Systems, was a great addition to the festival, promoting cycling around the city.

The Columbia North YMCA conducted an energetic Zumba demonstration and got many folks in the crowd up and dancing!

Ralph Magwood did a fabulous job recruiting diverse talent for the festival. Everyone enjoyed the dynamic entertainment and loved the free face painting by Davetta.

Our heartfelt thanks to the City of Philadelphia Office of Special Events and its wonderful and dedicated staff, particularly Natalie Faragalli and Robert Allen. Thomas Paine Plaza was the perfect location to connect with the local community and promote the importance of early screening for colon cancer and healthy living.

Thank you, Philadelphia! We had a great time sharing a healthy day with you!

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