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Vendors, sponsors sought by July 1 for annual fitness day in August

MARSHALL – Vendors and sponsors are being sought for the third annual Family Health & Fitness Day, to be held in August and sponsored by Oaklawn Hospital’s HealthYou program.

This year’s program will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, at the Calhoun County Fairgrounds, and will be held rain or shine.

“The event is expected to draw hundreds of participants throughout the day,” said Lisa Middleton, a physical therapist assistant/athletic trainer with Oaklawn Physical Rehabilitation Services.

The deadline to apply to become a vendor or sponsor is July 1. Call Middleton at (269) 781-6030 for information about renting booths, tables and tents for exhibit space.

“We’re encouraging area businesses to showcase their services by providing educational information, screenings or hands-on health-awareness activities,” Middleton said. “We are hoping to add a new variety of businesses to provide information about how to keep many other things in our lives ‘healthy,’ such as your car, lawn, furnace, pets, computers, etc.”

Sponsors for this year’s bicycle raffles, bounce house, obstacle course and giveaways also are being sought.

The event is expected to feature screenings for glucose, blood pressure, heart rate, oxygen intake, body fat, balance and grip strength, and include a bike rodeo, inflatable fun activities, healthy food samples and exhibit focusing on good healthy and personal safety, all free of charge.

“Depending on vendor participation, activities are expected to be varied and focus on many aspects of preventive health care and preventive maintenance of the things we own and how to prevent costly repairs,” Middleton said.

The “HealthYou” project was launched a few years ago as a community-wide effort and to bring positive health messages into local public-school classrooms, and to show people of all ages how to develop healthy habits that would sustain them throughout their lives, Middleton said.