Mall Drives Traffic With Health Lectures

At The Oaks shopping center in Thousand Oaks, community health education seminars are being presented twice a month by Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center in cooperation with the mall's owner.

"We thought this might be monthly, but there's such a great demand for health information, especially in the senior category, we had to go to twice a month," said Kris Carraway-Bowman, the medical center's vice president of marketing and public relations.

About 60 to 120 people are in the audience for most of the classes, up from 20 who participated when the sessions began earlier this year at the mall, which is undergoing renovation and expansion.

On a recent morning, a health seminar was under way in the lower-level courtyard as mall construction workers in hard hats sipped coffee, moms pushed strollers, a teen hobbled on crutches and a man talked on his cell phone.


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