Archive for Thursday, October 11, 2007

Health festival on tap for weekend

October 11, 2007

Whether one is old or young, help regarding health issues in Eudora isn't far away.

That's what organizer Heidi Garcia and Eudora USD 491 are working to prove with the annual Wild Over Wellness Festival.

The WOW Fest will be from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at Nottingham Elementary School, 1428 Elm St.

It's a new location for the three-year-old festival, but the event's purpose hasn't changed.

"It's about overall health for everyone just because we do have a lot of agencies that are represented," Garcia said.

Participants will be able to have cholesterol levels checked, learn more about children's car seats or learn about physical therapy.

Garcia said there also will be health and dental screenings available.

Youngsters will be able to learn about the four basic food groups and take part in games. "There's education that's tied in with the activities," Garcia said.

In particular, students will have the chance to learn how to correctly wash their hands.

The diverse information offered by the various health organizations could bring in attendees of all ages, Garcia said.

Senior citizens will be able to learn what's available, Garcia said.

"Hopefully people will reach out and get out and get physical therapy," she said.

The festival also has an economic consideration.

"We're trying to promote different local businesses," Garcia said.

The festival will also allow residents to learn more about Eudora Family Care with Dr. Daniel Dickerson. His practice is set to be part of a new Lawrence Memorial Hospital expansion near Kansas Highway 10. The hospital itself will also be represented.

This year, festival organizers placed particular emphasis on publicizing the event.

"I think that's been one of the biggest road blocks, getting the word out," Garcia said.

Organizers decided to move the festival from Eudora Middle School to Nottingham to draw in more people, she said.

"We kind of think people might want to ride their bikes or walk but they might not do that because they have to cross the bridge," Garcia said of the location change.

Nottingham will be more centralized, she said.

"You have to pass it to get to the highway," she said. "It might be more visible too."

For more information about the WOW fest, call Garcia at 785-864-9752.

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