OAKLAND -- More than 2,000 seniors are expected to attend the Healthy Living Festival on Thursday ¿and visit the 80 educational and resource booths for health screenings, information on wellness, eating right and exercise.

The 10th annual festival is organized by United Seniors of Oakland and Alameda and will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Oakland Zoo, 9777 Golf Links Road.

"We want seniors to be healthy and empowered to address the critical issues that impact their lives," said Alameda County Supervisor Nate Miley, the founder and president of the United Seniors group. "I'm also proud to see the festival growing and still going strong after a decade."

The festival will aim to will promote the California Department of Public Health's campaign that educates seniors about pedestrian safety. There will also be a petition to support coordinated care for Medicare and Medi-Cal for seniors and people with disabilities.

In addition to the booths, there will be a bin to deposit expired and unused medication, a Tai Chi demonstration and Zumba and Folklorico dancers. For more information, go to http://www.usoac.org.

Contact Kristin J. Bender at kbender@bayareanewsgroup.com. Follow her at Twitter.com/kjbender.



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