Fifth Annual Healthy Harford Day on September 26 Planned to Draw Largest Crowd Ever

 

More than 2,000 attended 2014 event; organizers seeking additional vendors to  expand hands-on activities and share information about healthy living. 

[Bel Air, Maryland] July 9, 2015 – Anyone interested in having a whole lot of healthy fun is invited to the fifth annual Healthy Harford Day, taking place Saturday, September 26, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at 119 South Hays Street in Bel Air, across from the Bel Air Farmers’ Market. This free event is hosted by Healthy Harford, the non-profit organization dedicated to improving the health of Harford County residents. More than 2,000 area residents came to last year’s event, and organizers hope to set a new attendance record this year with even more hands-on activities and health-related demonstrations and exhibitions.

Paddleboard yoga was one of the demonstrated exercises at Healthy Harford Day 2014.
Paddleboard yoga was one of the demonstrated exercises at Healthy Harford Day 2014.

Healthy Harford Day 2015 offers the return of favorite vendors and activities along with the addition of new ones. For instance, the Bel Air Farmers’ Market is once again a partner so visitors can shop from a wide selection of locally grown produce in an effort to bring the message of “Eat local, Eat healthy” to the community.  Based on requests from last year, the event will have more information on healthy eating, cancer prevention and mental health/addictions in addition to the overall healthy living format. The event also offers a new, larger performance stage where free exercise classes, cooking demonstrations and performances will take place. Attendees are encouraged to come dressed to move and get active.  Activities and presentations scheduled throughout the event include:

 

  • Information on healthy nutrition
  • Hands on CPR and AED training for all ages
  • Art for relaxation
  • Blood pressure and other health screenings
  • Information on non-toxic living
  • Plant-based and Superfood cooking demonstrations
  • Free bike helmets and professional fittings
  • Cycle advocacy and cycling clubs
  • Disease management tips about Lyme disease, Asthma, MS, Cancer, etc.
  • Interactive exercise classes presented by Holy Yoga, Arena Club, Fitness Craze, Streetwise Self Defense, Pilates on Main, the YMCA and many more
  • Free massages
  • Gardening tips and creating healthy landscapes
A crowd of attendees take part in a Zumba class at Healthy Harford Day 2014.
A crowd of attendees take part in a Zumba class at Healthy Harford Day 2014.

Children’s entertainment and activities include face painting and a bounce house and information on great ways to keep your kids active.  The complete schedule of events and vendors is posted on http://www.healthyharford.org/.

 

Health Promotion Specialist Bari Klein says, “We are thrilled that Healthy Harford Day has grown every year, and that Harford County residents are so engaged in leading healthier lifestyles. The goal of our organization is to make Harford County the healthiest community in Maryland, and the more people that come to Healthy Harford Day to learn about the health resources available right here in our County,  the more attainable that goal becomes.”

 

Healthy Harford Day organizers are still seeking sponsors, performers/demonstrators and vendors/exhibitors for the event, but space is filling up quickly. For more info about participating, visit http://www.healthyharford.org/calendar-of-events/healthy-harford-day-2015.

 

About Healthy Harford

Healthy Harford is the Healthy Communities Initiative of Harford County. A non-profit 501c3, Healthy Harford is a coalition of local government agencies, businesses, non profits, and citizens dedicated to improving the health of Harford County residents. Founded in 1993 by community leaders from the Harford County Health Department, Harford County Government, and UM  Upper Chesapeake Health, Healthy Harford’s sole vision is to make Harford County the healthiest community in Maryland.

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