City Hosts Em­ployee Fit­ness Fair

The Oakdale Leader - - NEWS - By TERESA HAM­MOND tham­mond@oak­dale­leader.com

The Gene Bianchi Com­mu­nity cen­ter was abuzz with ac­tiv­ity on Thurs­day, June 28 as the City of Oak­dale hosted its inau­gu­ral City of Oak­dale Fit­ness Fair. The first time event was hosted for the 100-plus full time and part time city em­ploy­ees.

Close to 30 ven­dors part­nered with the city, spend­ing the af­ter­noon pre­sent­ing em­ploy­ees with in­for­ma­tion in a va­ri­ety of health-re­lated ar­eas.

City of Oak­dale Hu­man Re­sources Man­ager Pa­trick Mon­dragon was the mas­ter­mind be­hind the first time event. He noted a city em­ployee’s sud­den turn with ill­ness as a mo­ti­va­tion and in­spi­ra­tion to be­come proac­tive with ed­u­cat­ing the city staff.

“It was a real eye opener for me,” Mon­dragon said. “It was a very ac­tive city em­ployee. So I started think­ing of what would be a good way to mo­ti­vate all em­ploy­ees to be healthy.”

A com­mit­tee of six, rep­re­sent­ing the vary­ing de­part­ments was formed and in April of this year the planning of the event com­menced. Com­mit­tee mem­bers reached out to pro­fes­sion­als in all ar­eas of health in­clud­ing: nu­tri­tion, stress man­age­ment, ex­er­cise, den­tal, mas­sage and po­di­a­try.

Two “Lunch and Learn” classes were also hosted dur­ing the event to ed­u­cate at­ten­dees on food choices and main­tain­ing a healthy body.

Em­ploy­ees were en­cour­aged to at­tend and visit the vary­ing rep­re­sen­ta­tives. They were given pass­port books to have signed by ven­dors as well as list notes and contact in­for­ma­tion. Em­ploy­ees vis­it­ing 15 of the ven­dors were en­tered into a raf­fle.

“If noth­ing else, over­all aware­ness,” Mon­dragon said of what he hoped the event ac­com­plished. “Just aware­ness of all the dif­fer­ent or­ga­ni­za­tions that are out there in Oak­dale. In­for­mal, for­mal and just en­cour­age the em­ploy­ees to think about their over­all health.”

TERESA HAM­MOND/THE LEADER

Mother/daugh­ter team Brit­tany and Rose John­son were on hand Thurs­day, June 28 for the inau­gu­ral City of Oak­dale Fit­ness Fair for city em­ploy­ees. The dy­namic duo in­formed at­ten­dees of proper den­tal hy­giene, check-up fre­quency as well as other den­tal tips rep­re­sent­ing their local den­tal of­fice.

TERESA HAM­MOND/THE LEADER

An es­ti­mated 30 ven­dors gave of their time last Thurs­day, to par­tic­i­pate in the City of Oak­dale Fit­ness Fair. Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from health, den­tal, nu­tri­tion and fit­ness spent the bet­ter part of the af­ter­noon ed­u­cat­ing and vis­it­ing with close to 100 city em­ploy­ees.

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