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Connellsville fitness fair takes shape

| Wednesday, April 2, 2014, 12:16 a.m.

A community Fitness and Wellness Fair will be held on Saturday at Connellsville Area High School.

The free community event, sponsored by the Connellsville Area School District Wellness Committee, will provide health-related information and activities.

“We haven't had a health fair since 2010 because of the renovations, but now the high school is finished and is absolutely beautiful. Those who attend this event will also get the opportunity to see the amazing transition of the school,” said Vicki McWilliams, an event organizer.

The name of the event has been changed this year to Fitness and Wellness Fair to let people know it's for all ages and there is something for everyone, McWilliams said.

Doors open at 9 a.m., and the fair will end at noon. It will be held in the cafeteria and gym areas at the high school.

There will be fitness activities for children along with scheduled fitness demonstrations, including line dancing, Zumba, karate and yoga — for people of all ages.

The CASD Wellness Committee members have volunteered their time and have worked since January to put the event together, said McWilliams.

Committee volunteers include Dawn Basinger, food service director; Vicki Snyder and Vonda Brewer, school nurses; Kathy Ruper, purchasing manager; Paul Harshman, school board member; and Karen Marko, human resources director.

“We also have other staff and family members who are volunteering their time on the day of the fair to help out, along with a few people from the community who have graciously offered assistance,” said McWilliams.

Vendors scheduled to set up at the fair include Highlands Hospital Diabetes Center, Bring-It-Fitness, American Heart Association, Health and Wellness Consultant Cathy Kumor, Keystone Rehabilitation Systems, Private Industry Council, Rendu Services (bone density screening), Rodan & Fields, CAHS Patriots, WELLS Chiropractic, Fayette County Association for the Blind, New Haven Hose Fire Company/5K, Alternatives. Yes Pregnancy Support Center, T.O.P.S. Pa 1073, Delfine & Hiles Chiropractic Center, Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, SPA Faces Day Spa and Fitness Studio, Ratio Protein Bars, Mental Health Association in Fayette County, Amedisys Hospice, CASD Food Service Department, Pampered Chef, United Parcel Service, Adagio Health Power Up, Waddell & Reed Inc. and Ewer Specific Chiropractic.

“The CASD Wellness Committee is proud to be able to sponsor a free Fitness and Wellness Fair. The committee has adopted a district-wide wellness policy,” said Marko. “Our goal is to increase health and awareness for our students, parents, faculty and staff through partnerships with community services and resources. The Fitness and Wellness Fair promises to be a fun and educational event. There will be giveaways and door prizes available.”

Those making donations to the event include Highlands Hospital/John Murtha Wellness Center, South Side Elementary School PTO, Dunbar Township Elementary School PTO, The Craft Room/Linda Collins, Sheetz, Excursions Salon, Body Boutique (Lori Hamborsky), Nemacolin Woodlands, Seven Springs Mountain Resort, Hello Gorgeous (Heather Nutter), Duncan Service, Connellsville Area Career and Technical Center carpentry class, the McWilliams family, CASD Food Service Department, Reinhart Food Service and the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Everyone who registers will have a chance to win the door prize — a membership to the John Murtha Wellness Center. The first 100 people registered will receive two entries for the door prize.

There will be a chance auction and a 50/50 raffle.

“We hope to see the community come out for a few hours to receive a lot of healthy information and some free samples,” said McWilliams.

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Nancy Henry is a contributing writer.

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