Photo Courtesy of L.A. Care Health Plan

This years's Back-to-School Health Fair will be held July 28 in Pacoima.

Nearly a third of children in Los Angeles County live in poverty. As the cost of living goes up,  parents often struggle to keep a roof over their head and food on the table. and back-to-school supplies can fall way down on the list of priorities, even though such supplies play a critical role in educational success.

For the fourth year in a row, L.A. Care is holding Back to School Health Fairs at four of its Family Resource Centers (FRC). The fairs will include health screenings and a giveaway of backpacks filled with school supplies.

The  health fair and giveaway will be held on Saturday, July 28, 10 am to 1 pm, at the Pacoima FRC,located at  10807 San Fernando Road. Seven hundred backpacks filled with rulers, pens, pencils, crayons, and more will be handed out. One per child, while supplies last.

“Teachers will tell you that students who have basic school supplies feel greater self-esteem and classroom performance improves,” said Mabel Ponce, a Manager at one of the Family Resource Centers.  “We want to do everything we can to help the kids in our community get ahead. That includes helping to keep them and their parents healthy.”

The health fair will offer free glucose, cholesterol, blood pressure, developmental and dental screenings. There will also be free haircuts for the kids, a rock climbing wall, balloons, face painting, raffles and more.