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Staff Reporter 

Airway Heights, community library hold health fair


Brittani Montecucco

In an effort to promote recreational options within the city and focus on the healthier aspects of life, the Airway Heights Parks Department and the Airway Heights Library will be hosting the first "Let's Move Health Fair," Saturday, July 19, from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the library and community center.

Parks, Recreation and Community Services intern Alex Adams said library supervisor Stacy Hartkorn approached the city to collaborate on the event.

Hartkorn explained that the library had been discussing events that would fit the goals of the Spokane County Library District's Community Impact Plan.

"We were looking for events that would fit with the goals of explore and discover and connect Communities," Hartkorn said. "We were inspired to reach out to Parks and Recreation after they mentioned the different activities they were having in the month of July. We started talking out different ideas of events that would inspire healthy eating."

The health fair will feature several local businesses and organizations that will provide information including Apex Physical Therapy, CHAS Clinic, Group Health, Rockwood Clinic, Step Up and OZ Fitness.

"A lot of these businesses responded quickly," Adams said. "They want to show residents what they have to offer and show us they are here for Airway Heights."

From 11 a.m. - noon there will be a Family Field Day behind the library where children can engage in physical activities and learn the importance of being active.

Adams said the games will revolve around the theme of "Out is In" and will be old school events like sack races and jump roping competitions.

"Some of these older outdoors activities are making a comeback," Adams said. "'Out is In' also means that we're trying to get kids to have fun outside."

Oz Fitness will also be holding fitness activities for adults in the library meeting room.

There will also be cooking demonstrations in the community center banquet room from 12:15-1 p.m. A food specialist from Washington State University's Food Sense program will show residents how to make lentil tacos and provide recipe cards. Terry Perry, manager of the WSU Food Sense Program in Spokane County said the demonstration is a way to promote nutritious healthy eating with a local food source that is high in protein and inexpensive.

Adams hopes residents who come to the fair will take away information that can help them physically.

"This can be a stepping stone to living a more healthy life," Adams said.

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