A grand opening ceremony for the first UCLA Family Commons wellness center in Santa Monica will be held Thursday, February 4th.

The UCLA Family Commons wellness center offers accessible, science-based tools aimed to promote healthy lifestyles for youths, parents, families and the community by teaching people of all ages to discover their individual potential for well-being, a commons spokesperson said.

The center was initiated in partnership with the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, two Ph.Ds, and the UCLA Family Commons.

The ceremony will include a community open house, various demonstrations and educational activities, entertainment, and speakers such as Santa Monica Police Chief Tim Jackman, city officials, the director of the UCLA Family Commons and UCLA’s vice chancellor.

The facility is designed to merge science with engaging, experiential learning, and brings a vast wealth of expertise into the community in a way that is fun for families and the community, the commons spokesperson said.

Among the programs to be offered are innovative classes, workshops, events, coaching, and personalized programs.

The ribbon-cutting is scheduled to begin a 4:30 p.m., followed by an open house, entertainment and speakers at 5:30 p.m. at the UCLA Family Commons, 1221 Second St., Santa Monica.

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