Free health classes could come San Diego-wide

Posted at 5:49 AM, Nov 15, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-15 14:43:19-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - More than 50 free health classes could come to community centers and libraries across San Diego. 

It would be part of a sponsorship deal the city is considering with Sharp HealthCare, in which Sharp would pay the city $100,000 a year for the right to market as the city's "Health and Wellness Partner."

Sharp currently offers classes, many of them free, but most are at Sharp facilities.

This arrangement, going before a city committee Wednesday, and ultimately before the City Council, would call for six free classes a year in each of the nine council districts, from Otay Mesa to Rancho Bernardo. 

Dr. Eunice Sanchez-Mata, of Sharp Rees-Stealy Medical Group, said patients usually see her once or twice a year.

"We're here educating them as best as we can, but really that education should be year long," she said. 

The classes would impart key information on ways to prevent heart disease, quit smoking, live with diabetes, and manage stress. Topics would be geared to different areas of the city. . 

The three-year deal would be the city's first of its kind. Some of the money Sharp would pay per year would go to a Parks and Recreation Summer program