Archive for Thursday, August 11, 2005

New wellness fair ready to drive Eudora wild

August 11, 2005

Healthy living will drive Eudora wild Saturday.

More than 20 organizations will gather in the Eudora Middle School commons to take part in the first-ever "Wild Over Wellness" health fair.

"We're supposed to come together and get people more active and aware about nutrition, at home as well as at school," event organizer and school district nurse Kathy Kellerman said.

The fair, scheduled to run from 9 a.m. to noon, was made possible by a grant the district received, which is meant to improve Eudora's overall health, Kellerman said.

She's been working to bring in a variety of presenters that range from Douglas County Infant Toddler Coordinating Council, to the Community Mercantile grocery store in Lawrence, to the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department.

Barbara Schnitker represents the health department at many of these fairs. She is the health department's director of nurses.

"We are really excited that Eudora is doing this because we are a city/county health department," Schnitker said.

Kellerman recognizes that as well.

"Sometimes just because we're in Eudora and the offices of our county are in Lawrence, we don't think about accessing them or using them," Kellerman said.

The topics covered during the fair will also be wildly varied. They were chosen in order to be of interest to as wide an audience as possible, Kellerman said.

The fair will include computer safety instruction, as well as safe car seat checks and cholesterol screenings.

The variety of topics help emphasize the fair's importance.

"We all have the opportunity to learn new things," Kellerman said. "But we're so busy that we don't take the time to do it."

The fair will give people a chance to look at many angles of the physical well being, but will also evolve to fit the needs of the community.

"I guess I would hope that we would have a little something for everybody that they don't know," Kellerman said. "A little something they could learn, and at the same time, get their input on what they would like to have."

The fair will also introduce a new health initiative for the Eudora school system. The district will adopt the "Get Moving" program that has already been a success in the Lawrence school system.

The program encourages younger kids to be active by offering them prizes for filling out activity report cards after a certain period of time.

The majority of the events at the fair will cater to all ages.

"What we would like to do is have all generations come. Grandparents, parents and their kids," Kellerman said. "We don't have a lot for teenagers, but we would still like them to come and see the information that's there on nutrition and physical fitness and stuff."

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