Farm­ers mar­ket to host health fair

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CENTREVILLE — When it comes to liv­ing health­ier, Amer­i­cans seem to have a dif­fi­cult time turn­ing good in­ten­tions into ac­tions. Ac­cord­ing to a re­cent Nielsen/NMI Health and Well­ness in Amer­ica re­port, 89 per­cent of the sur­vey par­tic­i­pants say tak­ing per­sonal re­spon­si­bil­ity for one’s health is the best way to stay healthy. How­ever, only 70 per­cent re­ported that they are “ac­tively try­ing to be health­ier.”

De­spite this con­trary re­la­tion­ship with their health, con­sumers are spend­ing time and money in search of the next best diet, health food or ex­er­cise pro­gram. Al­though recom­mit­ting to liv­ing healthy can be a chal­leng­ing, find­ing lo­cal re­sources can some­times be daunt­ing. There’s no bet­ter place to re­dis­cover a health­ier you than your lo­cal farm­ers mar­ket. Or at least that’s what a group of Centreville Main Street vol­un­teers thought.

The group will host the Centreville HeadTo-Toe Health Fair on June 11, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Centreville Farm­ers Mar­ket and Queen Anne’s County Court­house Square.

The goal of this free event is in­crease health aware­ness through ac­tiv­i­ties, in­for­ma­tion, demon­stra­tions, and health screen­ings. The plan­ning group hopes to mo­ti­vate peo­ple to make pos­i­tive health choices while in­tro­duc­ing them to lo­cal med­i­cal, well­ness and health ser­vices and re­sources. The event will be a great op­por­tu­nity for in­fre­quent farm­ers’ mar­ket shop­pers to check out what they’ve been miss­ing as well.

The Centreville Head To Toe Health Fair will in­clude:

Anne Arun­del Med­i­cal Cen­ter Blood­mo­bile (signup on­line at http://www.signup­ge­­ca­ba92ea5fb6-centreville);

In­struc­tor-led ex­er­cise/move­ment demon­stra­tions; Fun “get up and move” kid ac­tiv­i­ties; “Mar­ket to Meal­time” cook­ing demon­stra­tions; In­ter­ac­tive med­i­cal and well­ness pre­sen­ta­tions; and

Booths rep­re­sent­ing lo­cal med­i­cal and health busi­nesses and non-profit agen­cies.

The Head-To-Toe Health Fair plan­ning group in­cludes Angie Price, nurse clin­i­cal in­struc­tor at Johns Hop­kins School of Nurs­ing and staff nurse at Anne Arun­del Med­i­cal Cen­ter; Tara Fencer, al­lergy tech­ni­cian at East­ern Shore Al­lergy & Asthma; Donna Bryant, Centreville res­i­dent and farm­ers mar­ket shop­per; and Mary Ann Thomp­son, RN, BSN, di­rec­tor of clin­i­cal pro­grams at Queen Anne’s County Depart­ment of Health.

Ven­dor ap­pli­ca­tions are still avail­able. For event and ven­dor in­for­ma­tion as well as an op­por­tu­nity to vol­un­teer at the event, con­tact Carol D’Agostino at 410-758-1180, ext. 17, or main­street@townof­cen­tre­ or stop by Town Hall. For up­dates “like” face­tre­villeMainStreet and face­tre­ville­mar­ket.

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