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Health fair comes to Legion Park

 

Christopher Andersson

enjamin Grabski, right, spins a health wheel with help from Jessica Burt, Providence Health & Services community health education manager, at the Spring into Summer Health Fair organized by the Stilly Valley Chamber of Commerce on May 19.

Arlington health organizations gathered in downtown Legion Park to connect with local families at the Spring into Summer Health Fair put on by the Stilly Valley Chamber of Commerce.

This is the first time the chamber has put on a health fair. They held the event on May 19.

"The chamber is always looking for ways to bring resources to the community and so we decided it would be fun to bring together some different organizations and the school district to provide the town with some resources to kick off their summer," said Jennifer Egger, executive director of the Stilly Valley Chamber of Commerce.

A variety of organizations were there to talk about their health programs, including the Parks and Recreation Department from the city of Arlington, skin cancer prevention programs, local gyms and other programs from local clinics and hospitals.

"Just things that will help contribute to people having a happy and healthy summer," said Egger.

Egger said that the turnout was good.

"I think it's going really great. We've had a really good crowd and there's lots of fun activities for kids," she said.

"We're grateful that Arlington Police and Arlington Fire are both here," she said.

Local families said that it was good to see a variety of options.

"It's great. It's so much fun," said local Kim Delker. "I wasn't expecting so much and it's got a little bit of everything."

"It's nice. It's a great fun place for kids to learn about being healthy," said local Dan Grabski.

Egger said it was good to provide healthy living options to the community and promote those kinds of programs.

Christopher Andersson

Kai Delker, left, does sit ups with the assistance of Stillaguamish Athletic Club swim instructor Hallie Simbeck at the Spring into Summer Health Fair from the Stilly Valley Chamber of Commerce on May 19.

"I think a healthy community is a happy community. Making sure we have the resources for things like breast cancer awareness, and for things like seniors and kids is a really good way to make those things accessible," she said.

She hopes that the fair can be held again in the future, possibly two times a year.

"I hope that we make this at least an annual event, if not a twice-a-year type of event," said Egger.

Community sponsors also helped to make the fair a possibility.

"I'd like to thank our sponsors, the Stillaguamish Tribe, Skagit Regional Health and the Stilly Valley Health Connections, which was formerly local Hospital District No. 3," said Egger.

More information about the Stilly Valley Chamber of Commerce and their events is available at stillyvalleychamber.com.

 

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