Pineville hosts inaugural health and wellness fair

 

Pineville Parks and Recreation has worked to create a healthier town atmosphere over the years with various programs and initiatives for residents and non-residents alike, and this year the town is taking the initiative even further.

Organizers with parks and recreation will host the town’s inaugural health and wellness fair at Lake Park, 1000 Johnston Drive, on March 29, a Saturday, from 9 a.m. to noon. The event will feature vendors, demonstrations for healthy eating and exercise, activities and more for people of all ages, including kids and seniors. Parks and recreation director Kristy Detwiler hopes to have vendors from across town, such as restaurants, fitness businesses and more, at the
event.

“We are still looking for businesses to help us out,” she said. “It’s a great way for them to advertise and let the public understand what their image is…”

Also at the fair, parks and recreation will give participants a glimpse of classes offered throughout the year at the Belle Johnston Community Center and The Hut to display what the town has to offer. Detwiler and other organizers hope to have a wide variety of activities for people to participate in so they can reach as many people as possible.

Leaders for community classes like yoga, boot camp, self defense, Fit4Mom, soccer, dance, tai chi, cheer gymnastics and more will give demonstrations.

“We thought we could incorporate the whole community, bringing in the businesses,” Detwiler said. “It’s just a way to reach out further and get the whole community involved.”

The fair also will have events for children, with a bounce house and inflatable obstacle course, to give people of all ages something to look forward to. Senior exercise demonstrations also will take place.

But eating right and exercise won’t be the only focus of the fair. The Pineville Police Department and Pineville Volunteer Fire Department also will give safety lessons. The police department will have fingerprinting kits on hand while the fire department will focus on fire safety.

Detwiler is still looking for vendors to participate and volunteers to help set up before the event. Anyone interested in participating should contact Detwiler at 704-889-2400 or parknrec@pinevilledsl.net.

Parks and recreation hopes the health and wellness fair will be a bi-annual event focusing on many different aspects of health, including financial health. Visit www.townofpineville.com/parks-and-recreation/ for more information about Pineville Parks and Recreation.

“We’re just trying to do something twice a year just to try and get our community to live well, eat well and be well,” Detwiler said.

 

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