New to 9Health Fair: Total Wellness Zones

exercise3In the spring of 2015, 9Health Fair created the Total Wellness Zone to address the growing interest in complementary health practices. This opportunity was open to any 9Health Fair site, and 45 sites decided to offer interactive demonstrations and education in a variety of areas related to wellness. The Total Wellness Zone quickly became one of our most popular areas at the 9Health Fair sites that offered it.

Creating a More Dynamic Experience

Cindy Hickman, Active Adults Coordinator for the Town of Erie, volunteered to run one of the first Total Wellness Zones. She says she was very excited to hear the idea. “I thought it would bring a more dynamic experience to 9Health Fair…It allowed me to look at more natural and holistic health options.”

Our mission is this: 9Health Fair will advance health awareness by providing people with the tools they need to take responsibility for their own health. Our Total Wellness Zone features a variety of activities, such as works outs like Zumba or Yoga, first aid demonstrations, nutrition discussions, farmer’s market vendors, and cooking classes.

In Cindy’s Total Wellness Zone you could learn more about mountain biking, essential oils, and how to cook for a healthy life. A number of local businesses were included, which also created another way for the community to interact and learn more about each other.

The idea of total wellness is becoming quite popular. The National Center for Complementary and Integrated Health says that roughly 38 percent of adults and 12 percent of children are practicing some form of complementary and alternative medicine.

“I believe that our health is something we have to take personal responsibility for,” says Cindy. “This would include going to the doctor’s office, visiting 9Health Fair, and thinking of other options for good health rather than always relying on medication. The 9Health Fair Wellness Zone allowed me, as a site coordinator, to think outside the box when it comes to health options. I believe the Total Wellness Zone will give participants more options when it comes to considering health alternatives.”

If you were one of the many people to participate in a Total Wellness Zone, we hope that you are well on your way towards a more successful and healthy existence, with a greater awareness of the choices you make.

Look for a Total Wellness Zone at a 9Health Fair in your area this year!