Fair introduces community to natural health and wellness

By Sara Lafrance | Apr 10, 2016
Photo by: Sara Lafrance Brian Nadeau helps a young gymnast through an obstacle course to advertise his Inspired Movement Program at Bay State Gymnastics.

Marion — Hosted by Marion Recreation, the inaugural Sippican Wellness Fair took place on Saturday at Sippican School with organizers hoping to inform citizens of the benefits of healthy living. Twenty-six businesses and organizations from the greater New Bedford area were represented.

“We’re very happy with how everything is going,” said Jody Dickerson, director of Marion Recreation.

“This is one of our community outreach events,” said Nathan Vaughan, the special programs coordinator at Marion Recreation. “We want to promote active healthy living and get the community involved.”

He said many people aren’t aware of Marion Recreation’s programs throughout the year that range from kids’ sports to senior programs. The fair was a way to introduce the public to those activities as well as local businesses that promote health and wellness.

The businesses and organizations featured on Saturday ranged from aromatherapy to sacred sound healing to the world’s first nutritive patch.

Based out of Norwell, The Children’s Melanoma Prevention Foundation offered skin cancer screenings with ultraviolet lights and a high-definition camera.

Maura Flynn, the advocacy coordinator and immediate past president of the National Melanoma Nurses Association, said, “We have a curriculum for grades K to twelve that teaches kids about sun awareness and UV light. We teach them how to protect themselves from the sun and to prevent skin cancer. We start teaching them at a young age and it’s great, as they get older they’re making safer decisions.”

Brian Nadeau, instructor of the Inspired Movement Program at Bay State Gymnastics, set up an obstacle course for kids to promote his new martial arts and “American Ninja Warrior” inspired class.

“It’s a combination of parkour and obstacle fitness,” he explained. “It gives kids the opportunity to move their bodies freely in a safe environment and also learn a bunch of new things. It’s basically to teach them the right way to do things.”

Upwards of 200 people attended the fair, which ran from 10 a.m. to 2 pm.

Dickerson said, “We can’t wait for next year!”

Nathan Vaughan, special programs coordinator for the Marion Recreation Department, and Jody Dickerson, recreation director, stand under their tent at the Sippican Wellness Fair. (Photo by: Sara Lafrance)
Kristi Kuklinski gave free massages at the Sippican Wellness Fair. (Photo by: Sara Lafrance)
Cheryl Greene at her table at the Sippican Wellness Fair advertises her new therapeutic art classes for kids at Adiago Arts Center in Marion. (Photo by: Sara Lafrance)
Helen Westergard, Jean Maher and Betsy Dunn behind the Marion-Rochester Health District's table at the Sippican Wellness Fair. (Photo by: Sara Lafrance)
Paula Lazaroff demonstrates sacred sound healing at her booth to demonstrate her work through her business, Essential Healing Arts. (Photo by: Sara Lafrance)
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