Get challenged at health fair

Published: Thursday, January 19, 2012 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 18, 2012 at 3:55 p.m.

The community can get free health screenings, learn about local health programs and resources and join a 16-week health challenge at the Community & Family Health Fair at The Library Partnership.



What: Community & Family Health Fair with booths, resources and the health challenge.

When: 3:30-6 p.m. Jan. 25.

Where: The Library Partnership, 1130 NE 16th Ave.

Cost: Free.

Information: Call 352-334-0160 or email

The event will be held from 3:30-6 p.m. Jan. 25 at Library Partnership at 1130 NE 16th Ave. It is free and open to the public.

In conjunction with the health fair, Carressa Hutchinson, manager of Library Partnership, said the health challenge, designed to help residents improve their health and quality of life, will pair participants with a support coach to serve as a wellness mentor.

"The health challenge serves as a way to challenge individuals to look at their health and to become healthier," she said.

Local organizations participating in the health fair will include CHOICES Health Education & Wellness, CDS Family & Behavioral Health Services, University of Florida College of Nursing, HealthStreet, Gainesville Police Department, and the city of Gainesville,

Angelica Suarez, family support facilitator at Library Partnership, said the health challenge will be kicked off at the health fair, but you can get a head start by signing up by calling 352-334-0164.

"The health challenge looks at stress, healthy eating habits, physical fitness and becoming more resourceful," said Suarez, adding that each week participants can create a set of activities to do each day of the challenge and earn points for completing tasks, which will translate into a chance to win prizes such as a trip to a spa and salon, a food basket and a healthy recipe book, fitness equipment, gym memberships and exercise gear.

Suarez said participants will be required to participate in four challenges. They are: the stress less challenge, which explores ways to reduce and manage stress; the smart fuel challenge, which encourages participants to eat healthy; the scavenger hunt challenge, which explores ways to be active using resources at home and in your neighborhood and community, such as walking and dancing; and the moving more challenge, which encourages participants to create tips to be more physically active and healthy using what they have learned in the other challenges.

"The health challenge is a program designed to meet your wellness goals," Suarez said.

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