Health and Wellnesss Fairs aim at creating a healthier Hammond

2013-03-20T00:00:00Z Health and Wellnesss Fairs aim at creating a healthier HammondBy Times Staff nwitimes.com
March 20, 2013 12:00 am  • 

HAMMOND | The Hammond Community Advisory Panel, in effort to help create a healthier Hammond, will host three Health and Wellness Fairs this spring. Each fair will feature a distinct lifestyle focus: Physical Exercise, Healthy Eating, and Community Gardening.

The first event is scheduled to take place from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Harding Elementary School, 3211 165th St.

All three Health and Wellness Fairs are free and open to the public. Each event will showcase local businesses, civic groups, and agencies that promote healthy eating, physical exercise, and other activities that promote the quality of health for children and adults.

A licensed nutritionist will be present at each of the events. In addition, students from Purdue University Calumet will conduct presentations on nutrition and diabetes at each fair.

Licensed representatives from Franciscan Alliance Group will be onsite to provide blood pressure testing and glucose screenings, free of charge. All attendees may enter to win raffle prizes donated by sponsors.

“Our mission is to provide an event that is accessible to all ages, because we are teaching lifestyle lessons for the entire family,” said Art Russell, Hammond Community Advisory Panel member and director of Community Lending at Centier Bank. “We are offering student activities at these fairs so that parents will bring their children along to see healthy role models in action.”

Additional Health and Wellness Fairs will take place: from 4:30 to 7 p.m. March 27 at Morton Elementary School, 7006 Marshall Ave., on the subject of Healthy Eating; and 9 a.m. to noon April 13 at Morton High School, 6915 Grand Ave., on the topic of Community Gardening.

Established in 2012, the Hammond Community Advisory Panel is comprised of seven business and community leaders dedicated to improving the economy, quality of life, education, and overall progress of the Hammond community. Centier Bank developed the panel in part to aid in Hammond’s consolidated plan and analysis of impediments to Fair Housing Choice.

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