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Library Will Host Wellness Fair

You can get information about how to be healthy during an event tomorrow in Springfield. KSMU's Michele Skalicky reports.

Folks who visit the Library Center tomorrow (2/9) will be able to do more than just check out books. They'll also be able to learn how to stay well.

The 2nd annual Wellness Fair will feature more than 35 organizations, including the Community Blood Center of the Ozarks, the Retired Senior Volunteer Program, the American Heart Association, Shriner's Hospital and more.

There will be dance demonstrations, bone density screenings, flu shots, nutritional evaluations and 5 to 10-minute massages, all at no cost. You can also view a mock operation, thanks to the Association of PeriOperative Registered Nurses and learn how horseback riding can be therapeutic.

Aleah Weltha, co-coordinator of the event and reference librarian with the Springfield-Greene County Library District, explains why the library hosts this event.

"The library is about information, and as librarians we're always trying to find new ways to make information available to the public. So, this is a way, it's a neutral ground. It's a way to let the community be aware of health and wellness organizations that are in the community and that are available to them."

Again, the 2nd annual Ozarks Wellness Fair will be held tomorrow from 9 to 3 at the Library Center. For more information, 882-0714.