Health fair offers family fun

MANISTEE — Hundreds of people turned out on Saturday for the Great Start Collaborative Family Fun Health Fair at Manistee Catholic Central.

The event is designed to share community health opportunities that exist in Manistee County.

For the third year, the event was hosted by Great Start Collaborative.

“We’ve had a good turn out this year. We have great vendors; we had close to 25 signed up for today,” said Manistee Great Start co-coordinator Seth Hopkins. “We’ve had a steady flow of people coming through all morning. So we’re really excited about that.”

The MCC gymnasium was filled with medical and dental providers, child care providers, preschools, healthy food vendors, public safety, programs that provide parent education, parent support groups, public agencies that serve families, sports or recreation information and businesses that support early childhood.

“We like to promote our health, and fun too,” said Hopkins. “Families may be looking for fun things to do on the weekend. We throw fun in the title; health can be fun too.”

The City of Manistee Fire Department debuted its new fire trailer at the Family Fun Health Fair. The trailer has an area set up like a bedroom, another area looks like a kitchen. It is used to educate children and the public on what to do in the event of a fire.

“We’ll use it at these types of events. We’ll use it at some of the school programs that we do,” said Heath Darling, deputy fire chief.

The trailer was purchased with a $16,000 grant from the Local Revenue Sharing Board.

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Posted by Michelle Graves

Michelle is the managing editor of the Manistee News Advocate. You can reach her at (231) 398-3106 or mgraves@pioneergroup.com.

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