Archive for Thursday, March 30, 2006

Wellness festival set for Saturday morning

March 30, 2006

For the fifth straight year, the Baldwin City community will have a chance to take advantage of free health screenings and other events at the Community Wellness Festival on Saturday morning.

The festival will run from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Collins Center, located at the corner of Sixth and Fremont streets on Baker University's campus.

Ruth Sarna, Baker University director of student health services, is again in charge of the event.

"I think the emphasis is to assist the community and focus on wellness, while making them aware of the services available in the community," Sarna said. "It's also for them to start thinking about their own health."

She said getting the word out to the community about the festival is difficult.

"I just want to make sure everyone knows what a great event we are planning," Sarna said. "They have got to come and take advantage of all of the exhibitors and free screenings."

On Monday, Sarna said she had 62 exhibitors signed up, but might have a few more Saturday.

"People are still calling today to ask if they can put a booth up," Sarna said. "It's exciting."

She also said 75 people have signed up for blood work this year, which is more than last year. People are allowed to sign up for the blood work on Saturday. Sarna said people should take advantage of this, while it's in Baldwin.

"The blood work is the same that will be offered at Lawrence Memorial (Hospital) the next week," Sarna said. "A lot of the same types of exhibitors are here that will be offered up at Lawrence. We'd like them to stay within the community and come visit the fair."

This year's focus is on the food pyramid and men's health. There will be handouts that will give people a guide to healthy living.

The festival will again have free health screenings for blood pressure, posture check, body fat, bone density, hearing, lung volume, skin cancer education and vision.

"The main thing is to take advantage of the free screenings," Sarna said.

Other free items at the festival include bicycle helmets for children and t-shirts to the first 150 attendees. There will also be drawings for prizes, including an adult and a children's bicycle.

For free transportation, contact Jackie Lorenzen at (785) 594-2411.

This year the Baldwin City Recreation Commission is funding the event, along with several other Baldwin City businesses and exhibitors.

"We have really appreciated the support of the Baldwin City Recreation Commission," Sarna said. "They gave us a nice grant to fund it. The businesses and exhibitors have also contributed to the funding."

Sarna said she is ready for Saturday, despite a few things to take care of first.

"I am excited about it," Sarna said. "We've got the final details to iron out. It's going to be a hectic week, but it's a good time. We get excited as the date draws closer."

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