Family Health & Wellness Fair planned for Feb. 22 - February 15, 2015

Courtesy of NWI Times

February 15, 2015 12:00 am   •   Annette Arnold annette.arnold@nwi.com, (219) 548-4359

VALPARAISO | Valparaiso Family YMCA will hold a Family Health & Wellness Fair from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 22 at the Y, 1201 Cumberland Crossing Drive.

Liz Burnham, marketing director for the Y, said this event is a big deal for the Y every year.

“This is a big deal because the fair focuses on family health, nutrition and exercise,” Burnham said. “We also offer free health screenings to anyone in the community.”

Burnham said they want people to stay healthier. “That is our focus.”

The Y partners with Methodist Hospitals and Partner in Wellness to offer the fair. There will be free health screenings, exercise classes and demonstrations, along with healthy cooking demonstrations. Mascots Rusty from the Gary SouthShore RailCats and Staley Da Bear from the Chicago Bears will be making an appearance. Children’s activities with information on healthy food ideas, upcoming events including aquatic, wellness and sports classes will also be offered. Free chair massages will be performed by licensed massage therapists.

Free cholesterol and glucose screening will be done by Methodist Hospitals from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Twelve hour fasting and registration is required. To register, call (888) 909-3627. Other health information will be offered including blood pressure screenings, body mass index, heart disease and stroke risk assessments, physical therapy screenings, bone density screenings, breast health, cancer prevention information, smoking cessation program information and much more. Diabetes information will be offered by Certified Diabetes Educators along with information about nutrition.

“Methodist Hospitals is proud to partner in wellness with the Wallop Family YMCA,” said Jim Kirchner, Vice President Methodist Hospitals. “This is our third year working together in offering members of the Valparaiso community health information and screenings to work towards keeping our families happy and healthy.”