U/MedFest Health Fair promotes healthy living - Sept. 15, 2007

by Kathleen McCoy  |   

UAA a partner in U/Med community's annual fair at Goose Lake Park The second annual U/MedFest Health Fair will be held in the heart of the U/Med district on Saturday, September 15 from noon to 4 p.m. at Goose Lake Park, to promote healthy living among Anchorage residents/ The U/Med district is situated among some of Anchorage's finest educational and medical institutions, including the University of Alaska Anchorage, Alaska Native Medical Center, Alaska Pacific University, Providence Alaska Medical Center and more. The festival will focus on whole body wellness, with a multitude of activities and learning opportunities. A variety of displays, demonstrations, games, classes, and mental and physical challenges will be available.

Developed after numerous organizations expressed a need and interest in creating a successful health festival, the U/MedFest was designed to heighten all age groups' familiarity with the benefits of adopting or expanding an active lifestyle.

This hands-on event encourages exhibitors to present a participatory activity highlighting their field. Festival attendees who participate in these activities can fill out their "Passport to Health", making them eligible for many great prizes and special activities.

UAA's Office of University Advancement, Department of Health Sciences, Student Affairs, Allied Health Sciences, WWAMI - Alaska's Medical School, Alumni Association, Enrollment Services and the Bike Club will be involved in this year's fair.

"The U/MedFest is a great way to promote healthy living," said Representative Sharon Cissna, co-sponsor of the event. "There are many great organizations involved who will create awareness of the importance of leading a healthy lifestyle, and encourage fest-goers to be more active."

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