Annual Fall Health Fair is back

The event encourages families to embrace a healthy lifestyle

Hope Secondary School is once again hosting the annual Fall Health Fair this Saturday.

This year’s theme is Growing Great Families and incorporates the Live 5-2-1-0 guidelines for raising healthy children. The numbers represent having five or more fruits and vegetables every day, keeping recreational screen time less than two hours a day, enjoying at least one hour or more of active play daily, and consuming zero sugar-sweetened drinks.

“The goal of this year’s health fair is to promote health at every age,” said coordinator Brenna Ayliffe, a community health specialist with Fraser Health Authority.

“Live 5-2-1-0 encourages the whole family to embrace a healthy lifestyle by making 5-2-1-0 a goal for better health everyday.”

The Fall Health Fair will feature entertainment by Hope Community Choir, Hope Performing Arts Community Theatre, and the Senior Keep Fit exercise class. There will also be a concession, children’s games, activities, scavenger hunt, stories, free books and prizes, and Hope’s Volunteer Hero award presentation. In addition, Pharmasave is providing flu shots.

Inspirational speaker Glenda Standeven returns as this year’s keynote speaker. She is co-author of Choosing to Smile, an autobiography written by three friends who all happened to have cancer.

After being diagnosed with cancer in 1987, and losing her entire right leg to the disease in 1988, Standeven felt it important to give encouragement and hope to others facing adversity. In 1990, before the birth of their second son, she won two silver medals in the BC Winter Games in the slalom and giant slalom events. Standeven was Chilliwack’s Woman of the Year in 2003, received the Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award in 2005, and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2013 for her “exemplary community volunteer efforts.” She has volunteered in many capacities for the Canadian Cancer Society over the past two decades and facilitated a Living With Cancer Support Group for 11 years. Standeven is also a member of The Rotary Club of Chilliwack, a lifetime member of the Optimist Club of Chilliwack, a Terry’s Team Member for the Terry Fox Foundation, and an active member of the Valley Women’s Network.

The Fall Health Fair runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Nov. 1. Hope Secondary School is located at 444 Stuart St.

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