Centier Bank’s Hammond Community Advisory Panel to Host Third Health and Wellness Fair

April 9, 2013

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Centier Bank’s Hammond Community Advisory Panel, in effort to help create a healthier Hammond,will host its third Health and Wellness Fair on Saturday, April 13, 2013.  This is the third health fair in a series that focuses on distinct lifestyle lessons:  Physical Exercise, Healthy Eating, and Community Gardening.  The event is scheduled to take place at Morton High School from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

The Health and Wellness Fair is free and open to the public.  The event will showcase local businesses, civic groups, and agencies that promote healthy eating, physical exercise, and other activities that promote the quality of health for children and adults. Previous health fairs featured vendors from Walgreens, Staggers Chiropractic, and students from Purdue University’s Nutrition program.

Licensed representatives from Franciscan Alliance Group will be onsite to provide blood pressure testing and glucose screenings, free ofcharge.  All attendees may enter to win raffle prizes donated by sponsors.

The focus of the fair is to engage people of all ages in healthy practices for their day-to-day well being.  The previous fairs, held at Harding and Morton Elementary schools, drew hundreds of parents and students from the greater Hammond community.

Centier Bank’s Hammond Community Advisory Panel has joined in partnership with Grow NWI to sponsor a community garden at Morton High School.  The garden, which will harvest vegetables during the year, will be housed in the center courtyard of the school.  The high school environmental class, as well as the PTA will maintain the garden throughout the year.  Students from Purdue University, the Hammond Community Advisory Panel, and Grow NWI, will plant vegetables during Saturday’s event.

“We expect that this garden will produce hundreds of pounds of fresh, health vegetables for families,” stated Art Russell, Hammond Community Advisory Panel member and Director of Community Lending at Centier Bank.  “Our plan is to return to the school once all of the vegetables are harvested and host a seminar on how to prepare fresh foods for a healthy meal.  We want to teach families how to care for their food and how to care for themselves,” Russell continued.  “We are engaging families in learning healthier eating habits that will pass from generation to generation.”

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