By: Duane Blankenship | Category: Health & Fitness | Issue: October 2009
Carolyn Davies, chairperson for the Broken Arrow Health Cares Affair, says the event will be full of fun and information for the entire family.
“The Broken Arrow health and wellness community is growing by leaps and bounds,” says Carolyn Davies, chairperson for the first-ever Broken Arrow Health Cares Affair. There are now over 300 health-related centers located in Broken Arrow.
In an effort to spotlight the varying types of health and wellness facilities available to area residents, and to give locals an opportunity to meet many of the specialists providing these services, the Broken Arrow Area Chamber of Commerce is promoting the city’s first annual Health Cares Affair.
Saturday, October 24 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. is the date and time, and the event will be held at the Nienhuis Park Community Center, 3201 N. 9th St. (Lynn Lane). Davies guarantees entertainment, fun and information for your entire family to enjoy.
The Health Cares Affair will have more than 50 booths with participants providing a huge variety of activities. This is an opportunity for your family to really get to know local health care and fitness providers. It is a chance to shake their hands as you look them straight in the eyes and determine if they are someone you would trust to receive care from. You’ll also get a feel for the diversity of health services available in Broken Arrow, including home care, hospice, hospitals, chiropractic care, dentistry, eye care, fitness centers and health food vendors.
Some of the organizations involved with the Health Cares Affair include the Broken Arrow Fire Department, who will man a Smoke Room to demonstrate what to do if you’re ever in a smoke-filled room. Broken Arrow Urgent Care, the event’s gold sponsor, will be offering lots of information and a Teddy Bear Health Clinic. SouthCrest Hospital will be providing skin cancer and varicose vein screenings. There will also be a booth conducting posture analysis, a Drug Prevention Education booth, and both Jimmy Lee and Curves will sponsor fitness booths. Also, the Broken Arrow Police Department will be giving safety talks.
The first activity you will encounter is a pumpkin patch for the kids on the front lawn of the facility. Blood typing, scoliosis screenings and vision testing for kids will be on hand too, and it’s all free of charge. You’ll have the opportunity to register for some great door prizes as well. Major sponsors will be making 10-minute health and fitness presentations in a small auditorium, and each presentation will be followed by a 10-minute question and answer period. Topics will be current issues impacting today’s families.
Door prizes of gift certificates and a DVD will be given away. You do not have to be present to win.
The event’s food sponsor is The Pride of Broken Arrow. The Pride will have its cooker trailer on site and will be selling hamburgers and more, with proceeds benefiting the Broken Arrow High School Band. Come out and feed the entire family and support the fantastic, award-winning Pride of Broken Arrow at the same time. Utica Park Clinic will also have a popcorn machine on hand.
It’s really important to have full-time health, fitness and safety specialists in our community who are highly trained in their respective fields and who provide complete and consistent care. It’s hard to understand why anyone would consider going elsewhere for these services when Broken Arrow seems to have it all.
Join your Broken Arrow neighbors at the Health Cares Affair on Saturday, October 24 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Nienhuis Park Community Center.
Blankenship graduated from the University of Oklahoma and has enjoyed a lifetime career in advertising. He started his own advertising business in 1993 and enjoys creating graphic art and writing. Hobbies include hunting, fishing and pencil drawings. Duane and his wife, Janice, have been married over 50 years and are active in their church and community. He has been a contributing writer for Value News/Values Magazine since 2005.