Oaklawn Life Improvement Center plans free health and fitness day

The local health-care team is setting out to prove that good times and good health go together.

Hours of fun and helpful information about proper fitness are expected to draw a crowd to the Oaklawn Life Improvement Center from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29.

The first-ever “Healthyou” Family Health & Fitness Day will be offered free of charge at the center at 13697 15-Mile Road, in celebration of National Family Health & Fitness Day.

“We wanted to do something different this year for the kids and their families,” said Lisa Middleton, a physical therapist with Oaklawn Physical Rehabilitation Services who is coordinating the event with OLIC director Rebecca Willis.

Activities will include a bike rodeo, an inflatable play area and raffles for adults and youngsters. A fire truck and ambulance also will be on hand for young people to inspect. The event will be held on the OLIC lawn, although activities may be moved indoors in case of rain.

Demonstrations focusing on good health and fitness are planned, focusing on nutrition and healthy cooking habits, diabetes, holistic care, hygiene, fire safety, colon cancer, joint replacement, pre-natal and postpartum health as well as smoking health awareness.

Screenings for vision issues and tests for grip strength and balance also will be provided, along with a Zumba dance-exercise demonstration and even massages, Middleton said. Flu shots also will be available for a $25 fee. All other services are being provided free of charge. The first 250 families that attend will receive a reusable tote bag.

The “Healthyou” project was launched a few years ago as a community-wide effort and to bring positive health messages into local public-school classrooms, to show young people how to develop healthy habits that would sustain them throughout their lives, Middleton said.

The special day at OLIC grew out of that effort, she said. Oaklawn Hospital is sponsoring the event, along with the Marshall Community Credit Union, the Marshall Rotary Club, NuTwist and FireKeepers Casino-Hotel, Target and Walmart.

For more information, call the center at (269) 781-7585.

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