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New Therapy Center to Help Entertainment Industry

By (BI) Paul Temple

WOODLAND HILLS, Calif. -- The Motion Picture & Television Fund, the entertainment industry's health and social services charity, began construction Wednesday on the Saban Center For Health And Wellness, a state-of-the-art therapy and wellness center. The start of the construction was marked by a groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday morning at the future site of the center, located on MPTF's Wasserman Campus in Woodland Hills.

The center was made possible through the generosity of Dr. Cheryl Saban and Haim Saban in the form of a grant from the Saban Family Foundation.

The Saban Center for Health and Wellness focuses on disease prevention as well as good health maintenance. It will provide retirees who live at the Motion Picture Country Home, as well as thousands of Southern California-based entertainment industry professionals and retirees a therapy facility staffed by medical and health professionals.

It will be equipped with a pool and spa for aquatic therapy, a high-tech gym for physical exercise and a state of the art community room for education and seminars. The pool is being constructed thanks to a donation from Academy Award-winning actress Jodie Foster, who made the gift in order to help entertainment industry members and their families stay healthier and happier.

The facility is scheduled to open in September of 2007.

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