Archive for Thursday, March 12, 2009

Seventh-annual Wellness Festival is March 28

March 12, 2009

Along with the usual assortment of health screenings and tests, there is a new draw to Baldwin City’s Community Wellness Festival.

Before the annual festival begins on March 28, there will be a 5-kilometer run/walk. It will start at 8 a.m. at Baker University’s Collins Center, which is located on Sixth Street, between Elm and Fremont streets.

Registration for the event begins at 7:45 a.m. An entry fee of $5 for an individual and $10 for a family is suggested. The money donated will help pay for the festival, according to Steve Friend, Baldwin City Recreation Commission director, who is organizing the 5K run/walk.

“We thought we’d help by doing something healthy that encourages fitness,” Friend said. “It’s just a fun event. It will run around Baker’s campus a couple of times without crossing any streets.”

Although the Community Wellness Festival isn’t until March 28, there is an important deadline on Friday. Pre-registration for blood tests and the Prostate Specific Antigen test is Friday. Early registration for the tests will save participants $10 off the $30 fee for the blood workup ($40 including a PSA test).

“We’d like to have those in early so we can get the information to the hospital,” said Ruth Sarna, event director and director of Baker University student health services. “If they mail them in by the weekend, we’ll still take them.”

The festival begins at 9 a.m. and ends at noon. It will be the seventh annual Community Wellness Festival. It is free and open to the public. The usual assortment of free health screenings will be offered, which include blood pressure, posture check, body fat, bone density, hearing, vision and lung volume.

There will also be drawings for prizes, including two children's bicycles and one adult bicycle. Children accompanied by an adult can receive a free bicycle helmet. Around 50 exhibitors are expected at the festival.

“It’s an important event with some excellent screenings,” Sarna said.

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