Visitors can get a flu shot, purchase locally grown produce, try Zumba or Pilates and receive tips and information about healthy lifestyles at the free event.
[Bel Air, Maryland] August 26, 2015 – More than 100 healthy lifestyle vendors are participating in the fifth annual Healthy Harford Day, which will be held Saturday, September 26, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Vendors and activities will be located at 119 South Hays Street in Bel Air, across from the Bel Air Farmer’s Market.
Healthy Harford Day is a free event hosted by Healthy Harford, the non-profit organization dedicated to improving the health of Harford County residents. Last year’s event drew more than 2,000 area residents and this year’s expanded event is expected to draw an even larger crowd. To help visitors plan their itinerary, event organizers have posted a complete schedule of classes and performances available to download at http://www.healthyharford.org/.
There will be lots of resources relating to non-toxic living, healthy nutrition, stress relief and fun ways to get active. Other presentations and activities include: art for relaxation, plant-based superfood cooking demonstrations, free bike helmets and professional fittings, free massages and gardening tips for creating edible landscapes.
New this year, attendees can receive their flu vaccines on the University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake HealthLink Van. Vaccinations are $20.00 for the flu shot or Flu Mist, $40.00 for the high dose version and free for those with Medicare B ID cards. Cash or check payment only. Visitors can also receive free blood pressure, mental health and substance abuse screenings; assessments by physical therapists; hands on CPR and AED training; disease management tips for Lyme disease, asthma and multiple sclerosis; and advice on how to reduce your risk of cancer.
The Main Stage performance schedule is as follows:
9:00 – 9:25 Zumba with Karin Lawson of the Y of Central Maryland
9:30 – 9:55 Jazzercise with Sara Gering
10:00 – 10:25 Urban Line Dancing with Rhonda Gardner
10:30 – 10:55 Bel Air Zumba
11:00 – 11:25 Pilates on Main
11:30 – 11:55 Streetwise women’s self defense
12:00 – 12:20 Presentations and Proclamations
12:25 – 12:45 Ryan School of Irish Dancing
Children’s entertainment and activities will be ongoing throughout the day and include face painting, a bounce house and kids’ clubs. Parents can also get information on great ways to keep kids active. The complete schedule of events and vendors is posted on http://www.healthyharford.org/.
Health Promotion Specialist Bari Klein says, “Healthy Harford Day attendance has grown every year since it began in 2011, and we are thrilled that Harford County residents continue to be so engaged in leading and learning about healthier lifestyles. The support of our sponsors makes this event possible and we are grateful to the local businesses and organizations that have stepped up once again to join us in our effort to make Harford County the healthiest community in Maryland.”
Sponsors of the 2015 event include: Addiction Recovery Systems, Klein’s Shoprite, The Arena Club, Greg Krause Helmet Foundation, Drayer Physical Therapy, Harford County Public Library, Mid Atlantic Dairy Association, University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health, Harford County Government, Employee Benefit Systems, Advanced Eye Care, Boys and Girls Clubs of Harford County, PHI Medical, Dr. Mary Cleaves Duncan, The Bike Shop of Bel Air, WAMD 90, Harford Style Magazine and the Bel Air Farmers’ Market.
For more info about Healthy Harford Day 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.