By Michilea Patterson, The Mercury
BOYERTOWN >> Whether it’s going through an obstacle course, watching a healthy kids’ cook-off or signing up for a community fitness challenge; a free wellness event will have something for everyone.
The 11th annual Boyertown Wellness Fair begins Saturday morning at Boyertown Junior High West School. The address is 380 South Madison St. The Wellness Council of Boyertown organized the community event which will start 9:30 a.m. with a “Running of the Bears” competition between Boyertown elementary students. Senior bingo walking will follow right after at 10:30 a.m. The fair will also have a kids’ celebrity cooking challenge where community judges will vote for the tastiest, most nutritious dish.
The wellness fair is being used as an opportunity to sign people up for a six-week community fitness challenge that will benefit six-year-old Garret Coyne, of Gilbertsville. In 2014, Coyne was diagnosed with Batten Disease which is a fatal neurological disorder. The fitness challenge will raise awareness and funds for the Garret the Grand Foundation.
Jill Vincent, the wellness council’s executive director, said anyone from young children to senior citizens will enjoy the day’s festivities which includes more than 40 wellness vendors. She said more than 700 people attend the fair last year which is about more than healthy eating and exercise. The community event will also have information about local counselors, maintaining finances, addiction recovery and more.
“We’re looking at wellness from head to toe,” Vincent said adding that the fair will include information about wellness for the mind, soul, body and spirit.
Vincent said she is excited about the fair and about the wellness council in general. She became the executive director of the council in February. When it comes to being healthy; it’s about starting new habits that become part of your lifestyle, she said.
“I think our community is ready for new ideas and new behaviors that become a part of life,” Vincent said.
Vincent said she wants to use her new position as an opportunity to inform more people about the wellness council and the other healthy resources in the area. The wellness council is here to educate and motivate the community to adopt a healthy lifestyle, she said. Vincent said accountability is very important when striving for wellness and said it never hurts to have a cheerleader that motivates you.
“As the new director; I want to be that cheerleader that cheers this community on,” she said.
Saturday’s fair is one of the ways Vincent will help motivate the community toward healthier lifestyles. The event will also have a moon bounce, basketball fun and lots of door prizes. For more information about the Boyertown Wellness Fair, visit the website www.boyertownwellness.com.