Friday, May 20, 2011

Weekend: Spring Outside Health Fest

This Saturday, May 21st, The Wild Center, in partnership with Adirondack Medical Center, will celebrate Spring Outside HealthFest – A Community Free Day from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. at The Wild Center in Tupper Lake.

The Wild Center and AMC are offering a day of free events and talks designed to make sure your family is healthy and safe this spring and summer. Warmer weather means time for outdoor exploration, so professionals will discuss how to prepare for safety on the mountains and in the water during a talk entitled “Hiking and Kayaking,” as well as a discussion by the co-author of Dog Hikes in the Adirondacks. Placid Planet will be conducting safety checks of bicycles between 1 and 3 p.m. The staff of AMC will be on-hand to discuss the role electronic medical records play in creating a more efficient health care system and improving patient safety.

Singer/songwriter Roy Hurd will entertain families with his songs and storytelling at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Kids can explore an outdoor inflatable obstacle course all day and have their faces painted between 10 a.m. and noon and 1 and 3 p.m. There will be free health screenings for diabetes, cholesterol, blood pressure and body composition. AMC’s mobile dental clinic will also be onsite, and open for walk-through tours.

The Wild Center’s programs for the day will focus on getting families and kids outside. After learning how to encourage your kids to live a more healthy life during “Active Lifestyles for Kids,” participants can explore The Pines play area during Nature Play. Discover the Center’s nature trails through guided hikes, including one that highlights the senses and another with a scavenger hunt focus. Animal and otter encounters will focus on animal health.

All events are open to the public, free of charge. The Wild Center is open Friday, Saturday, Sunday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. from May 1st until Memorial Day. From Memorial Day to Labor Day, hours are 10 a.m. until 6 p.m., seven days a week. For more information, visit

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