Engle Printing & Publishing Co., Inc. (EPC) and its neighbor, Hempfield Rec, will host a wellness fair on Tuesday, Aug. 22, from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the Hempfield Rec Center, 950 Church St., Landisville. This is the second year that the two organizations have partnered for this event.
EPC wellness program coordinator Jocelyn Engle explained that the wellness fair started as an event for EPC employees, but it had outgrown the space available. By moving the event across the street, EPC's wellness committee has been able to expand the event and open it to the public.
"We are working with area businesses to let them know this is going on," Engle said.
EPC wellness committee member Michele Emenheiser has been busy contacting businesses and other organizations to participate in the event. Nearly 40 vendors have been confirmed, and she hopes to keep adding to the list.
"We have a wide variety (of vendors)," Emenheiser said. "We worked hard to have something everybody would be interested in."
Wellness fair exhibitors will provide information and activities related to health and safety, addiction, cycling, financial wellness, stress, recycling, Alzheimer's disease and memory care, sleep, vision, physical therapy, fitness, massage, nutrition, education, hospice care, and more. Therapy dogs will be on-site as well. Albert Weibel, who received a heart transplant more than 17 years ago, will represent the Gift of Life organ donor program.
The wellness fair will be free to attend, but there will be several opportunities for attendees to make donations.
Goodwill Keystone Area will accept gently used clothing and household items at the wellness fair.
"The timing is good, as parents are doing back-to-school shopping," Emenheiser remarked. "By donating outgrown clothing, they can benefit a good program."
Additionally, the Central Pennsylvania Blood Bank will hold a blood drive in its Bloodmobile during the wellness fair. According to http://www.cpbb.org/donorinfo, generally, anyone age 16 or older who weighs at least 110 pounds and is in good health can donate blood. Donor resource consultant Dana Lipson noted that folks hoping to donate blood should eat something before they begin the process. A form of identification will be required to donate. Blood donor T-shirts and coupons to a family-owned grocery store will be given to donors.
The wellness fair is open to everybody, and children are welcome to attend with their parents or guardians. Tours of the Hempfield Rec Center will be available.
"This (event) gets people in our doors who might not already be here," remarked Hempfield Rec fitness and wellness director Dan Cless. He noted that Hempfield Rec offers programming for people of all ages, and while many programs are only for members, the organization also hosts events that are open to the public, such as its summer day camps for children.
For more information about the wellness fair, including an updated list of participants, readers may visit http://www.townlively.com or find the event on the Merchandiser's Facebook page. Folks with questions may also call Engle at 717-492-2588 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.