Westlake to host Family Safety and Wellness Fair

SJMC nurses Anne Gorski and Shana Outrich set up the tabletop "Operation" board game, designed to teach how different organs are affected by drugs. 

The community is invited to learn ways to increase personal safety and wellness at the Westlake Recreation Center on Saturday, May 21, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. as the City of Westlake and University Hospitals St. John Medical Center co-host a Family Safety and Wellness Fair. 

The day fittingly begins with a flag-raising ceremony at 9:45 a.m. in honor of Armed Forces Day. St. John Medical Center will present City Council President Michael Killeen with a commemorative framed flag which was flown at the U.S. Capitol on Earth Day this year.

This event promises to be interesting to all age groups. Outside there will be a "Touch a Truck" event which will include emergency vehicles, service trucks, the ICAC forensics van, the Ghost Buster van and more; including a special appearance by the UH helicopter (weather permitting). Free bike helmets will be distributed (while supplies last). There will also be a bounce house, balloon twisters, a DJ, and a Teddy Bear First Aid station.

The gym will be home to 50 vendors and table displays representing a variety of health and safety topics for all ages. Some topics will include: cyber safety, technology for seniors, the opiate task force, crime prevention, weight management, wandering and safety devices both for seniors with dementia issues and children with autism issues, just to name a few.

The community rooms will house a wide variety of biometric health screenings, including cancer screenings. All events and offering are free of charge.

Lydia Gadd

I am the Director of the Community Services Department for the City of Westlake. I am also a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor.

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Volume 8, Issue 10, Posted 9:51 AM, 05.17.2016