Family Day focusing on health and wellness
Approximately 60 agencies will be on hand between 1-6 p.m. on Monday as part of Family Day 2011, being held once again at the St. Marys Area High School.Now in its seventh year, Family Day is aimed at promoting health and wellness for the entire family, from newborns to the elderly and everyone in between. It is sponsored by several area organizations including, Dickinson Center Inc.'s Children's Prevention Services Wellness Program, SMAHS, Northern Tier Community Action Corporation, Elk Regional Health System, Office of Human Services, Inc., Area Agency on Aging and The Family Resource Network."Family Day will host service providers who may offer education, resources, referral information, screenings, health assessments, and family-focused activities," said Family Day coordinator Lynn Floravit. "Agencies from throughout the area are participating, including those from St. Marys, DuBois, Emporium, Ridgway, Johnsonburg and Emporium."Floravit wears many hats at Dickinson as a Parent Teacher educator, Incredible Years facilitator and home visiting coach.She noted that last year, over 500 residents from throughout Elk County attended Family Day, which is free and open to the general public.New activities this year are a Minute to Win It game hosted by the 4-H Club from the Penn State Cooperative Extension of Elk County; storybook yoga for parents and children hosted by Katie Weidenboerner of Soul-full Yoga in St. Marys; an opportunity to try on DUI goggles that simulate the effects of drunk driving hosted by Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services (ADAS); food tasting featuring diabetic-friendly recipes from Penn State Cooperative Extension of Brookville; and a potty pitch and O2 ring toss by the St. Marys Pharmacy.Several children's characters will also be in attendance, including Clifford the Big Red Dog, Eddie the Eagle from the City of St. Marys Police Department and poison prevention character Mr. Yuk from Elk Regional Health Center. Ben the Balloon Guy from DuBois will be creating various balloon sculptures for visitors from 1-3 p.m., and the First United Methodist Church's Clown Ministry will be part of the fun from 2-5 p.m.Among the numerous screenings being offered are those targeting depression, body fat analysis and body mass index (BMI) testing, developmental screenings for younger and older students, respiratory therapy, blood pressure, osteoporosis, health and weight, pulse oximetry and screenings for people at risk of sleep apnea.Elk Regional Health Center is also hosting a "Meet the New Pediatrician" event featuring Dr. Nancy Reider. Additional activities include an obstacle course, bean bag body toss, 9-1-1 Phone for Kids hosted by Elk County Emergency Management and massage demonstrations.Dickinson's Children's Prevention Services is hosting Baby Signs story time at 3 p.m. and Bingo for Books at 4 p.m.Informational displays will be set up throughout the school's cafeteria, lobby area and hallways. Gift baskets will be available and there is an opportunity to acquire a canoe and accessories. Floravit noted that complimentary refreshments will also be available, including whole-wheat pizza, turkey subs, fruit and 100 percent juice.