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Have fun, learn about healthy living

What do life-saving helicopters, a bounce house, tiny needles and barking dogs have in common?

They1ll all be at the Nevada County Fairgrounds Saturday as part of the annual Wellness 2002 Health and Safety Fair, where everyone from couch potatoes to fitness nuts can find their fix learning about healthy lifestyles.

The Health and Safety Fair, which is co-sponsored by Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital, will be paired this year with another event, 3Steppin1 Out for Alzheimer1s Walk,² a fund-raiser for the Alzheimer1s Council of Nevada County.

Both events are designed to make healthy living an enjoyable experience, fair co-chairwoman Brett Nelson said.

The health fair is divided into five 3zones²<traditional medicine; mind, body and soul zone; fitness zone; safety zone; and the kids zone, which includes bounce houses and a California Highway Patrol trailer where youths can measure the speed of their soccer kicks on a radar gun.

Nelson said the fair puts emphasis on fun and healthy lifestyles.

3There1s no point to having it if you don1t have things that bring people out there,² she said.

So in addition to blood pressure, vision, skin cancer and bone density tests, visitors can learn fitness techniques with a personal trainer and improve their golf swings.

Organizers of the walk hope to raise $20,000 this year, with proceeds going toward respite care funds for the Alzheimer1s Council of Nevada County. In addition to the eighth-annual walk, there will also be a 3Strut Your Mutt² walk with dogs to raise money for the same cause.

Pledges are still being solicited for both events.

With 3,000 Alzheimer1s patients and 10,000 family members in Nevada County, the money helps provide caregivers with much needed time off from their often grueling work.

The money is desperately needed, Alzheimer1s Council chair Lynn Jefferson said, because money for the program dried up in June. All of the money raised stays in Nevada County, she said.

3Alzheimer1s can be an isolating condition,² she said. 3This is an opportunity for the caregivers to rest and relax.²


WHAT: Wellness 2002 Health and Safety Fair

WHEN: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

WHERE: Nevada County Fairgrounds, 11228 McCourtney Road, Grass Valley


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