September 25, 2011 (La Mesa)—More than 2,000 people, including 1,200 children, turned out for this year’s Kids Care Fest, in what Grossmont Healthcare District Chief Executive Officer Barry Jantz described as “our best year yet.” Co-hosted by the District and by the City of La Mesa in Briercrest Park, the event featured more than 50 vendors with a wealth of kid-friendly fun as well as free healthcare screenings.
Kids checked out interactive healthcare displays and enjoyed activities ranging from pony rides in an open field to facepainting, hula hoops, jumping and bouncing games, plus meeting therapy dogs up close and personal.
Youngsters also enjoyed visiting with firefighters and trying on firefighting gear, as well as posing for pictures on a La Mesa Police motorcycle.
There were also opportunities for grownups.
Debbie McElravy, a board member with the Grossmont Healthcare District, was on hand to provide flu shots.
Parents were also able to obtain free information from healthcare professional present as well as a variety of vendors on topics ranging from diabetes to weight loss.
Rick Griffin, spokesman for the Grossmont Healthcare District, concluded, "This just keeps getting bigger and better every year!"