University of Pennsylvania and Sayre High School Hold Community Celebration Day and Health Fair

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Media Contact:Matt Gray | mtgray@pobox.upenn.edu | 215-898-4820September 28, 2004

PHILADELPHIA -- The University of Pennsylvania and Sayre High School are holding the "Penn-West Philadelphia Community Celebration Day and Health Fair" at the Sayre campus, 58th and Walnut streets, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 9.

The event will feature free medical and dental screenings by Penn medical and dental school students and faculty, a clean-up of the school and surrounding area, food and drinks and comments by Penn President Amy Gutmann and Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell.

The clean-up will take place from 9 a.m. to noon and the health fair and other activities will be held from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Volunteers will do interior painting at the school, plant shrubs and trees and clean up and improve a community garden and tot lot.

Medical screenings will include blood pressure and glucose level checks and eye exams.  Attendees can also have their weight checked and receive information about diabetes, hypertension, obesity and other health-related issues.

The Penn dental van will also be on hand offering free dental screenings and referrals, information on dental hygiene and giveaways.

The "Penn-West Philadelphia Community Celebration Day and Health Fair" is part of a weeklong celebration marking the formal inauguration of Amy Gutmann as Penn president on Friday, Oct. 15.

Additional information on the event and on volunteering is available at 215-573-1988 or  www.upenn.edu/secretary/inauguration/community.html.