Boy­er­town Well­ness Fair at­tracts vis­i­tors of all ages

An­nual event pro­vides health and fit­ness in­for­ma­tion

The Boyertown Area Times - - FRONT PAGE - Sub­mit­ted by Diane Van Dyke

The Well­ness Coun­cil of Boy­er­town’s 13th An­nual Well­ness Fair pro­vided a morn­ing of healthy fun, en­ter­tain­ment and ed­u­ca­tion for more than 600 com­mu­nity mem­bers of all ages, from tod­dlers to se­niors.

Held at the newly ren­o­vated Boy­er­town Area Se­nior High, the free event in­cluded nearly 70 ven­dors cov­er­ing an ar­ray of healthre­lated top­ics, the Kids’ Celebrity Chef Con­test, Run­ning of the Bears walk­ing/run­ning com­pe­ti­tion, se­nior walk­ing bingo, well­ness demon­stra­tions, Max’s Moon Bounce, mu­sic by Pure Fun En­ter­tain­ment DJ and door prizes.

Demon­stra­tions in­cluded a mini CPR course with Ryan Billings of the Boy­er­town Am­bu­lance, pound fit ex­er­cises with B.Fit Train­ing Stu­dio of Sch­wenksville, Mas­ter Kim Karate with Kurt Miller of Bech­telsville and CrossFit Fi­delity ex­er­cises with Matt Cham­bers of Boy­er­town. Rita’s of Boy­er­town pro­vided free wa­ter ice.

“We are de­lighted by the turnout from the com­mu­nity, the par­tic­i­pa­tion of the ven­dors and the sup­port of our donors,” said Deb­o­rah Ber­to­let, who was re­cently ap­pointed ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor. “The Well­ness Fair of­fers res­i­dents an op­por­tu­nity to learn about dif­fer­ent ways they can im­prove their life­styles while hav­ing an en­joy­able time.”

For the Kids’ Celebrity Chef Com­pe­ti­tion, the six finalists shared food sam­ples and recipes for their nu­tri­tious dishes. For this two-part com­pe­ti­tion, six

“celebrity” guest judges rate the finalists’ recipes on taste and pre­sen­ta­tion with the judges’ choice award go­ing to the fi­nal­ist re­ceiv­ing the high­est score. For the sec­ond por­tion, visi­tors vote to de­ter­mine the first, sec­ond and third place win­ners, and the first-place win­ner re­ceives a bi­cy­cle. More than 270 visi­tors tasted the sam­ples and casted their votes.

This year’s celebrity judges were Boy­er­town Mayor Mar­i­anne Deery, Penn­syl­va­nia State Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Marcy Toe­pel, Cen­ter at Spring Street Ex­ec­u­tive Chef Chris Mest, Boy­er­town Area School District As­sis­tant Su­per­in­ten­dant Mary­beth Torchia, New Hanover Town­ship Man­ager Jamie Gwynn and Boy­er­town Area School District Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Co­or­di­na­tor Emily Hib­sh­man.

First place went to Cam­ryn Ur­bassik, a fifth grader at New HanoverUp­per Frederick Ele­men­tary School, for her straw­berry frozen yo­gurt bites. Sec­ond place went to Mad­di­gan Dry­burgh, a sec­ond grader at Boy­er­town Ele­men­tary School, for her shred­ded sweet potato pan­cakes.

Hon­or­able men­tions went to Evan Hold­e­fer, a home­schooled third grader, for his PB&J snack balls with blue­ber­ries and peanut but­ter, and An­drew Rizzo, a sec­ond grader at Gil­bertsville Ele­men­tary School, for his choco­late oat­meal muffins. Fourth place went to Ai­den Eck­man, a fourth grader at New Hanover-Up­per Frederick, for his cheesy cauliflower frit­ters.

The judges’ choice award went to Declan Lar­ri­more, a sec­ond-grade stu­dent at Wash­ing­ton Ele­men­tary School, who made rain­bow pizza us­ing whole wheat pizza dough and an as­sort­ment of veg­eta­bles. He also came in third place for the peo­ple’s choice.

All of the recipes for the Kids’ Celebrity Chef Com­pe­ti­tion are listed on the Well­ness Coun­cil of Boy­er­town’s web­site. Michelle Doc­chio plans and co­or­di­nates the an­nual cook­ing com­pe­ti­tion. Gi­ant Foods and Schuylkill Val­ley Sports spon­sored the com­pe­ti­tion.

For the Run­ning of the Bears com­pe­ti­tion, Wash­ing­ton Ele­men­tary School stu­dents won the Healthy Bear tro­phy with the most laps. Earl and Boy­er­town Ele­men­tary Schools came in sec­ond and third place, re­spec­tively.

The Well­ness Coun­cil of Boy­er­town is a 501(c) (3) non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion that de­vel­ops healthre­lated pro­gram­ming and ac­tiv­i­ties for the com­mu­nity, in­clud­ing a Well­ness Fair, Com­mu­nity Field Day, Tur­key Trot 5K race on Thanks­giv­ing, CrossFit Fundraiser for Bren­dan’s Band and Se­nior Walk­ing Bingo. The Well­ness Coun­cil’s com­mu­nity track at the Boy­er­town Area Se­nior High’s Me­mo­rial Sta­dium will soon add the Jerry Karver Track gate. With your help and sup­port, the Well­ness Coun­cil of Boy­er­town will con­tinue to bring pro­grams to fam­i­lies and in­di­vid­u­als in all ar­eas of well­ness.

SUB­MIT­TED BY DIANE VAN DYKE

For the Run­ning of the Bears com­pe­ti­tion, Wash­ing­ton Ele­men­tary School stu­dents won the Healthy Bear tro­phy with the most laps. Earl and Boy­er­town ele­men­tary schools came in sec­ond and third place, re­spec­tively

SUB­MIT­TED BY DIANE VAN DYKE

Kids’ Celebrity Chef par­tic­i­pants in­cluded, from left: Mad­di­gan Dry­burgh, sec­ond place; Ai­den Eck­man, fourth place; Cam­ryn Ur­bassik, first place; Declan Lar­ri­more, judges’ choice award and third place; An­drew Rizzo, hon­or­able men­tion; and Evan...

SUB­MIT­TED BY DIANE VAN DYKE

There were nearly 70 ven­dors at the Well­ness Fair, cov­er­ing var­i­ous as­pects of well­ness and healthy life­styles.

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