HAYS, KS -- The Hays Community Wellness Fair at Fort Hays State University was previously perceived as a student event, while it was actually a community one. A new committee comprised of local health providers will change this.
"It is a collaborative effort this year," said Steve Sedbrook, associate professor of health and human performance. "Students are invited, but we're primarily focusing on community health."
FHSU will host several community events on Oct. 13, or, as it is now known, on Healthy Hays Saturday.
The Wellness Fair will start at 9 a.m. and will be followed by the American Heart Association's Heart Walk, The Cancer Council of Ellis County's Day of Caring, and finally the AHA's Smart Choices Buffet.
Approximately 60 booths will be at the Wellness Fair. These booths will promote health related services through information, demonstrations and screenings.
"Their job is to provide information on health-related services in our area," said Sedbrook.
The objective is informative rather than commercial. In the past, aerobics, square dancing and tae kwon do were demonstrated while other booths offered cholesterol, blood pressure, vision and hearing tests. A similar setup is expected this year.
"It gives people an opportunity to find out what their health status is currently, and if they are at risk," said Sedbrook.
The Wellness Fair starts at 9 a.m. at Gross Memorial Coliseum on Saturday, Oct. 13, and is expected to run until 1 p.m. This event is free and all interested persons are encouraged to attend.