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YaraCentre to hold Let’s Get Healthy Moose Jaw

YaraCentre is offering a chance to learn about fitness programming in Moose Jaw.

On Jan. 11 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. YaraCentre will put on Let’s Get Healthy Moose Jaw with different activities, a health fair and keynote speakers Hal Johnson and Joanne McLeod of Body Break.

“It’s going to be pretty neat to come in and just kind of check out what you can do personally or as a family to change your lifestyle, I guess, to leading a better healthy, active lifestyle in 2014,” said Jasmine Jackman, manager of YaraCentre. “(We’re) hoping to make this an annual thing just so Moose Jaw can look forward to having that opportunity to come in and see what’s out there.

“This is a great community partnership opportunity that we’re putting out for all organizations and businesses within the health field.”

During the day, organizations will offer free fitness programming and more information about fitness programs. Those include the YMCA, YaraCentre, Double Shift, Cross Fit, Red Goat and the Taioist Tai Chi Moose Jaw branch.

“It’s pretty much anyone who is offering programs or services for health, nutrition and mental health,” said Jackman. “We’re trying to have everyone there who offers anything that can help people change for the better

The health fair will be around the track. She said there are 30 confirmed vendors, but she believes they will see between 40 and 50 booths in total. The vendors are based locally and “somewhat regionally” including some from Regina and Saskatoon.

Some of the vendors include the Five Hills Health Region, Dance Images by BJ, Special Olympics and the Alliance health care centre on South Hill.

“The exciting event is the main stage we’ll have on all day,” said Jackman. “We’ll be having different speakers throughout the day.”

Local doctors and nutritionists will be among the day’s speakers. The keynote speakers from Body Break will come on at 1 p.m. and they will speak for one hour. Introductions for the main event start at 12:30 p.m.

“They’re going to just go over how to live a healthy active lifestyle, different things that you can change throughout your life to be healthier not only in your family and your workplace (but) all around in your social life,” said Jackman.

Following their talk, Johnson and McLeod will judge a food art challenge.

“There’ll be different individuals from the city having teams with different families who sign up as they come in throughout the day and they’ll be creating different food art challenges with fruit,” said Jackman. “It’ll be pretty neat. There’ll be six tables set up.”

There are no tickets to be sold to the event because it’s free. However, she said there will be a cutoff limit and so she recommended people come early to the event.

“We want as many people to come out to this to see exactly what we have here in Moose Jaw to offer,” said Jackman. “A lot of people aren’t aware of the different programming and different things that are around Moose Jaw.”

There will be something for all ages, from infants to adults to seniors. There will also be an all-day food concession, draws, door prizes and a children’s section with bouncy castles and face painting. Demonstrations will take place all day.

“It’s going to be a crazy day,” said Jackman. “We’re pretty excited about it.”

For more information, call Jackman at 306-694-4563.

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Organizations: YMCA, Special Olympics

Geographic location: Moose Jaw, Regina, Saskatoon Alliance South Hill

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