... a health and wellness fair
Coinciding with National Public Health Week on April 5-11, 2010, the second annual “Healthy Melrose” fair will take place this year on Saturday, April 10th.
Co-sponsored by the City of Melrose and Hallmark Health, it will be held from 10 AM – 2 PM at the Veterans Memorial Middle School (350 Lynn Fells Parkway, Melrose, MA) with parking available.
In conjunction with this one-day event, there will also be a 5K road race and walk in Melrose beginning at 8:30 AM. (The walk and road race are being coordinated by Joe Ingemi, Jr., who stated that on-line registration for the 5K race will be available at: www.active.com).
At the invitation of the co-chair, Jenine Wright of “Fit Lifestyle Studios” (and in response to my phone call), I attended a planning meeting at Melrose City Hall on March 9, 2010 at 3 PM, attended by 12 people including a representative from the Mayor’s Office (Mike) and an administrative professional from Melrose-Wakefield Hospital (Meredith). The majority of the attendees were involved in neighbohood small businesses catering to health and wellness needs, but some were interested parents of young children and environmental groups. Two attendees offered to act as co-coordinators of the volunteers (Linda and Cary).
Last year, over 700 people attended this health and wellness fair. This year, there are already approx. 30 vendor tables confirmed, including:
Workshops and activities are planned all day, as well as many free samples and items to take home. There will also be a special play area for young children, and seating in the cafeteria for those who need to rest their feet.
One of the issues discussed at the meeting was whether to hold some fitness activities outdoors on the grass to attract passersby to attend the fair. Someone commented on the amount of goose poop already on the grass. Thus, it did not appear to most meeting attendees to be a good idea.
The primary issue discussed was the need for volunteers for set-up, registration, guiding people to activities, and clean-up. Other issues discussed were related to the need and cost of registration bracelets, balloons for decoration, and the printing and distribution of announcement flyers.
It takes an enormous amount of planning to put on a one-day event. Preparation for this fair is a volunteer effort of individuals enthusiastic about healthy living and fitness.
I plan to attend "Healthy Melrose" on April 10th. Won't you?
April 2, 2010