Annual health fair to feature vendors, demonstrations and free fitness day

More than 30 vendors have signed up for the fifth annual Health Fair on Saturday, Jan. 13, at Fuller Hall from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and officials said the vendors represent a wide variety of health and wellness businesses and services from around the area. The free event also includes a free fitness day at Fuller Hall.

“It kind of goes back to when we first started,” Recreation and Public Grounds Director Kent Harfst said. “We wanted to do something for people that is healthy and doesn’t cost any money.”

Along with vendors in the gymnasium, there will be a variety of activities for every age to enjoy.

Children will be able to swim for free from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. From 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. on the Jan. 13, there is no cost for any building usage.

“If people haven’t been to Fuller Hall or they want to try it, they can use the weight room, cardio room, racquetball or swimming,” Harfst said.

Leah Feltz from ISU Extension & Outreach, Hamilton County and The Hamilton County 4-H Program will have activities for youth, healthy living snacks, and information anout 4-H in the Sampson Room from 10 to 11 a.m.

Hannah Harfst of the Dance Connection will be having an informal workshop to teach anybody interested in learning Hip-Hop in the Sampson Room from 11 a.m. to noon.

Mary-Louise Burt of Prairie Sun Yoga will be offering a free yoga class for all levels in the Sampson Room from 1 to 2 p.m.

Fuller Trust Member and Fitness Expert Dan Asklund will be available to show persons how to use any piece of equipment and to answer any questions in the weight/cardio room from 10 a.m. to noon.

“This is a total wellness and well-being event,” said Harfst.

“A lot of it is healthy activities and fitness activities like yoga,” he said. “Then there’s a lot of traditional health care organizations like the hospital or assisted living centers.”

The health fair takes place shortly after the new year to help people work on their resolutions and create a positive and safe event for the community.

Drawings for prizes will also be held every half hour beginning at 10:30 a.m.

“To me, the new year always offers hope. Hope for people in terms of a better year – physically, mentally and emotionally,” Harfst said.