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Event and Profile: Healthy Living Festival at the Oakland Zoo July 9th

Healthy Living Festival at Oakland Zoo July 9 presented by United Seniors
Healthy Living Festival at Oakland Zoo July 9 presented by United Seniors
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The seventh annual Healthy Living Festival sponsored by United Seniors of Oakland and Alameda County (USOAC) will be held on Friday, July 9th from 9am-2pm at the Oakland Zoo Snow Building,  Knowland Park, 9777 Golf Links Rd.

A special Healthy Living Festival Day Pass for free admittance into the Zoo for each person who registers at the gate is being offered by United Seniors and the Oakland Zoo.

The free Festival hosts over 50 exhibitors and is designed to promote health and wellness for Alameda County older adults.  The program also includes health screenings and financial planning information.  USOAC hopes to mobilize and engage older adults in efforts surrounding pedestrian safety and infrastructure, physical activity promotion, senior injury prevention and balanced health. This event is Alameda County's largest senior health and resource fair.

Moved from their former festival location at Lake Merritt, USOAC has stated that the Zoo has more space  for exhibitors at the Health and Resource Fair in addition to better accessibility for wheelchairs and walkers.  Instead of the walk around the Lake,  Festival participants and their families can enjoy a walk through the Zoo.  The Zoo has many walking areas that are flat and wheelchair accessible.

Medication Drop-Off Program

This year will also kick off the Festival's first ever Medication Drop-off Program. Bring unopened and unexpired medicines in their original containers for donation to clinics. And leave other unused medicines in plastic baggies with staff at the pharmaceutical drop off booth at the Festival.  

Storing unneeded medicines in the home increases the risk of accidental poisonings for seniors and children. Flushing pills down the drain pollutes our waterways. Do your part, clean out your medicine cabinet and dispose of unused medicines at the Healthy Living Festival.


United Seniors is a grassroots intergenerational organization with over 7,000 members throughout Alameda County. The mission of United Seniors is: "To provide institutional support for seniors, to collectively participate in the public arena, to act from a position of strength, to enable the elderly to address the critical issues, and to change the conditions that impact their lives.”  

Festival Registration Information

Registration is required at the gate for all participants and to gain free entrance to the Zoo. To save time, click on this link and download the registration and liability release forms in advance, and bring them with you.  

Parking is $6 per car at the Zoo on Festival day.  For more Festival information contact: Michelle Taylor Lagunas (510) 729-0853.

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