New year, new goals

Fuller Hall Health Fair to offer information on physical and mental well-being

Looking to get healthy in 2017? Interested in learning about a selection of health and fitness organizations in the area? Look no further than the 4th Annual Health Fair/Free Fitness Day at Fuller Hall Recreation Center on Saturday, Jan. 14. The free event will begin at 10 a.m. and end at 2 p.m. “We’re excited,” said Kent Harfst, Webster City Recreation and Public Grounds Director. “We have a good sign up this year and still looking for more vendors to sign up.”

Caitlin Larson and Amber Kastler, registered dieticians at Hy-Vee, will be at the event to offer tips on eating healthy.

“UnityPoint Health has a would healing center that they’re going to provide information on preventing and healing injuries,” Harfst said.

Jody Harms,Van Diest Medical Center will be presenting “Senior Life Solutions.” This presentation will explain the differing needs individuals have as they age.

“Leah Feltz, from Leah Feltz Fitness, will have different kids’ fitness activities going on,” Harfst said.

Nursing students from Iowa Central Community College will be present and will be giving free blood pressure checks. The Dance Connection will have dancers at the event also.

Individuals and families can take advantage of the open weight and cardio rooms as well as free swimming from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. There is also lap swimming from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. Saturday morning.

The planning committee for this event is still seeking health related individuals or businesses who want to display or demonstrate their products or services. Examples of items offered include (but not limited to): free fitness evaluation with a certified trainer; healthy cooking demonstrations/samples; use of the weight room, cardio room, and swimming pool; free demonstration by area massage therapists; kids fitness activities; medical professionals present to answer questions, and; various alternative medicine displays.

A variety of health and wellness vendors will be at the event.

• Leah Feltz Fitness

Feltz received her fitness training certification through The University of Northern Iowa in 2006. Feltz has taught fitness classes at The UNI Recreation Center, The Cedar Falls Recreation Center, The Black Hawk County YMCA/YWCA, and most recently began her own business, Leah Feltz Fitness, in 2013 right here in Webster City. Feltz’s hope is that class participants and clients find freedom through fitness and joy in what their bodies are capable of at all ages, weights, and phases of life.

• Amber Kastler, Registered Dietitian

Kastler, MFCS, RD, LD, received her Bachelor of Science degree in dietetics from Iowa State University where she also completed her dietetic internship and her Master of Family and Consumer Science degree. She is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly the American Dietetic Association) and the Iowa Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Kastler’s goal is to spread her knowledge and passion for nutrition throughout the our community through innovative and positive interactions. Her special interests include wellness and sports nutrition, diabetes, weight management and food allergies.

• Hy-Vee Food Stores (Caitlin Larson, Registered Dietitian)

Larson will have a hot plate for food sampling, blender for smoothie making, and BMI evaluation equipment (body fat handheld tester, vertical standing scale, and a floor weight scale) for those interested.

The following vendors are also scheduled to be at the fair: Unity Point Health- Palliative Care (Anne Doolittle Cheyne), Unity Point at Home Hospice (Joyce Bianchi), Unity Point-Trinity Wound Healing Center (KC Coleman), McFarland Clinic Physical Therapy (Jessica Hrnicek), McFarland Clinic (Marcia Kent), Prairie Sun Yoga (Mary-Louise Burt), The Dance Connection (Becky Harfst), Iowa State Hip Hop Club (Hannah Harfst), McFarland Clinic Physical Therapy & Family Medicine (Jessica Hrnicek), Iowa Central -Nursing Department (Betty Daniel), Hamilton County Public Health (Kroona/Hassebrock), Essential Oils for You (Shelley Rethman), Van Diest Medical Center-Senior Life Solutions (Jodi Harms), Van Diest Family Health Clinic (Lori Foster), Windsor Manor (Jodi Berns-Lennon), Central Iowa RSVP (Becky Koppen), Webster County Health Department (Jacque Johll), Webster County Health-I Smile (Cindy Partlow, Beth Albright), Community & Family Resources (Katie Talbot), La James International College (Stephanie Wood), Briggs Woods Golf Course (Russ Appel), SHIP (Joyce Gelhaus), Southfield Wellness Community (Marilyn Middleton), LeVel (Crissann Cambell), Stony Creek Landscapes-Dirt Therapy (Sherry Adams), Bee Inspired CAPP Program (Tiffany Larson), Damsel in Defense (Kristen Ruppel), Yoli Optimal Health (Sherry Adams), and Crossroads Counseling (Ann Kennedy).

This event is free and there is no charge for individuals or businesses wanting to display their products or services. Anyone interested in sharing their health related information for this event should email Harfst at

“The event is heavy into our resolution season. If you haven’t been to Fuller Hall before and want to come in and try the weight room or cardio room or swim some laps, it’s free as well,” said Harfst.

Harfst has been employed by the City of Webster City for over 30 years. He has an A.A. degree from Iowa Central Community College, B.A. & M.A. degrees from the University of Northern Iowa, and an Ed.S. degree from Drake University. Harfst recently received his Certified Public Management Program certification from the State of Iowa/Drake University. In addition to his normal duties, Harfst has been the coordinator of the City wellness program for over 25 years.

This event is in collaboration with the Recreation and Public Grounds Department, Leah Feltz Fitness, and Amber Kastler, Registered Dietitian.