Baldwin City wellness festival offers free screenings, education, prizes

Dentist Chris Leiszler provides a screening during the 2011 Community Wellness Festival in Baldwin City. This year's event will be March 31 in the Collins Center on Baker Univeristy's campus. The event draws about 300 people each year.

Dentist Chris Leiszler provides a screening during the 2011 Community Wellness Festival in Baldwin City. This year's event will be March 31 in the Collins Center on Baker Univeristy's campus. The event draws about 300 people each year.

Baldwin City's Community Wellness Festival will be from 9 a.m. to noon March 31 at the Collins Center on the Baker University campus.

About 70 exhibitors are expected to participate in the health fair, which attracts more than 300 people annually. There will be free screenings for blood pressure, posture check, body fat, bone density, hearing, vision and dental.

Additional screenings through Lawrence Memorial Hospital are available, including a total lipid profile with a prostate specific antigen test and several other blood tests to assess healthy body functions. By pre-registering March 23, the lab tests are available for $30 or $40 with a PSA test. The day of the festival, lab tests will be $40 or $50 with PSA test. Anyone interested in the tests should not eat or drink anything — water and medications are exceptions — after midnight before having blood drawn.

Registration forms for lab tests are available at Baldwin City Recreation Office, Baldwin Athletic Club, Santa Fe Market, Baldwin City Market and Baker University Student Health Center.

There will be drawings for prizes, including bicycles for an adult and for two children. Free T-shirts will be given to the first 200 attendees. All children will receive a free bicycle helmet as long as supplies last.

A 5-K run/walk will kick off the event at 8 a.m. at the Collins Center. The entry fee is $10 for individuals and $25 for families. The deadline to register for the race is March 30 and can be done at Baldwin City Recreation Office, 715 High St., or www.baldwinrec.org.

The festival is sponsored by Baker University and the Baldwin City Recreation Commission. For more information, contact Ruth Sarna, director of student health services, or Sherri Pahcoddy, coordinator of health and counseling services, at 594-8409 or Sherri.pahcoddy@bakeru.edu.

Children are fitted for bicycle helmets during the 2011 Community Wellness Festival in Baldwin City. This year's event is March 31 and helmets will be provided to children for free.

Children are fitted for bicycle helmets during the 2011 Community Wellness Festival in Baldwin City. This year's event is March 31 and helmets will be provided to children for free.

Bobbe Mansfield, assistant professor at Baker University's School of Nursing, visits with a child during the 2011 Community Wellness Festival.

Bobbe Mansfield, assistant professor at Baker University's School of Nursing, visits with a child during the 2011 Community Wellness Festival.

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Tina Roberts 6 years, 5 months ago

We are excited to be a part of the Baldwin City Community Wellness Festival! Stop by our booth and say hello!

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