BATAVIA – A healthy synergy will come into play June 3 as Batavia presents a trio of events designed to move the community along a path toward wellness.
The Race to Market 5K will kick off at 7:30 a.m. along the Fox River, right before the farmers market celebrates its outdoor return from 8 a.m. to noon, and WellBatavia serves up free fitness programs, medical screenings, lectures and 50 exhibitors on diverse aspects of good health between 8:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the Peg Bond Center and City Hall.
Making its debut, WellBatavia, which has enfolded Green Fair On the Fox, is the brainchild of physical therapist Sarah Greenhagen of Batavia, who chairs the event’s committee.
“I have a huge passion for making sure the community my patients live in really promotes their health and well-being, so they are able to do everything they love to do,” Greenhagen said.
She described WellBatavia as “my dream realized,” noting it embraces everything from mental health to holistic and alternative medicine to medical specialties.
“We decided to group all of these different resources into categories [to make them] manageable for somebody attending,” she said of the creation of separate villages at which people will learn about the local resources at hand.
She said the Fitness Village will present myriad ways to stay active, and hopefully spark someone’s passion.
The fitness stage will offer classes – from Zumba and yoga to Pound and tai chi – conducted by varied providers, including the Batavia Park District. People are encouraged to sign up on Facebook through Batavia MainStreet at facebook.com/bataviamainstreet or Greenhagen’s Catalyst Physiotherapy, Performance & Wellness at facebook.com/catalystPTs.
Indoor lectures are designed to be relevant for everyone from parents to the geriatric community, Greenhagen said. They are open on a first-come basis.
Dr. Charles Atwell, optometrist at Eyes On You, will discuss how one’s diet can help stave off macular degeneration and glaucoma. Psychologists from Prairie Wellness Counseling Center will focus on how to find and increase happiness. One talk will give tips on how to set schedules for kids as they transition from school to summer in a way that is meaningful for the family, and another will explore healthy food preparation.
Prevention Village health screenings will be offered inside City Hall, from blood sugar and cholesterol to mental health and nutritional assessments.
Greenhagen said WellBatavia extends to every metric of health.
“It’s nice to see the community get behind such a progressive idea,” she said.
To learn more about the entire day’s schedule, go to Batavia MainStreet’s downtownbatavia.com or call 630-761-3528.
WellBatavia is a partnership between Catalyst Physiotherapy and the Batavia Environmental Commission.
Downtown restaurants will highlight their healthiest meals and offer discounts June 3 for attendees who walk over and show their expo brochure.