Wellness Festival scheduled Saturday

The 22nd annual Valley Health Community Wellness Festival will be held Saturday throughout the Apple Blossom Mall in Winchester.

The event, scheduled from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., will offer a variety of free and low-cost health screenings and demonstrations.

Michael Wade, marketing manager for Valley Health, said the festival also is a fun and informal way for the public to speak with health care representatives about health issues affecting the community.

He added that this festival is a “very busy day at the mall with a mix of people” taking advantage of the “wide-range of resources” available at this event.

“The goal is to improve the health of the community,” he added.

Over 100 exhibitors will be stationed throughout the mall.

“It’s an opportunity for people to learn about health resources and renew their commitment to health and fitness,” he said.

Free health screenings include a heart attack risk profile from 10 a.m.- 1 p.m., carotid artery, blood pressure, blood sugar, COPD, sight, hearing and glaucoma, KidSight SPOT screenings, body fat, osteoporosis and spine.

Two mobile screening vehicles will also be available in the mall parking lot for screening. Free hearing, vision and glaucoma screenings by the Lions Club will be offered outside Buca di Beppo. Valley Health will conduct free heart attack risk screenings outside the Sears entrance.

Near Sears, Valley Health Laboratory Services phlebotomists will draw blood as part of a panel of tests at a discounted rate. This will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Virginia Blood Services will also be present for blood donations near the children’s play area from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The JCPenney court will host fitness and food demonstrations throughout the day as well, including:

• 10:15 a.m. Make the Call, Valley Health Heart & Vascular
• 11 a.m. Jazzercise, Winchester Premier Jazzercise Center
• 11:45 a.m Square Dancing, Apple Valley Square Dance Club
• 12:30 p.m. Cooking for “Clean” Eating, Barbara Hineline, Chef/Owner, Fit Food
• 1:15 p.m Healthy Fast Food Options, Chick-Fil-a
• 2 p.m. Tae Kwon Do, Tiger Den
• 2:45 p.m. Dance Party, Valley Health Wellness & Fitness Center
• 3:30 p.m. Ball Room Dancing, Social Graces
• 4:15 p.m. Zumba Gold & Mindful Bites, Shenandoah Valley Westminster Canterbury
• 5 p.m. Mindful Bites, Shenandoah Valley Westminster Canterbury

Activities are also available for kids as well. At the children’s play area, The Teddy Bear Clinic, staffed by Shenandoah University nursing faculty and students, will help kids conduct physicals on stuffed animals that the kids can bring from home, or adopt at the mall. The kids will be the “parents” and talk with the nurses about vital signs, immunizations, diet and exercise, and the overall health of the patient.

This is “always a big hit,” Wade said.

There also will be fingerprinting activities available for kids by the Winchester Police Department.

Those who attend the wellness festival will be able to enter drawings and giveaways.

Those who collect stickers from five exhibits will be eligible to enter a drawing for one of three prizes. Prizes are a $250 Simon American Express gift card, a $100 gas gift card from H.N. Funkhouser & Co. and a free three-month membership at Valley Health Wellness and Fitness Center.

Attendees will also have the chance to win an Apple iPad-mini by completing a Community Health Survey. This survey will be used by Valley Health to poll what community members think are the current health challenges in the region and use this information to guide community initiatives.

It gives the community “a chance to have their voice heard,” Wade said.

Contact staff writer Kaley Toy at 540-465-5137 ext. 176, or ktoy@nvdaily.com