The City of Westlake and University Hospitals St. John Medical Center teamed to host the third annual Community Safety and Wellness Fair on Saturday, May 19, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Westlake Recreation Center, 28955 Hilliard Boulevard. The event was free and open to the public, and visitors packed the place out!
“This is an opportunity for people of all ages to come together and learn ways to live a safer and healthier lifestyle,” said Mayor Dennis M. Clough, “Safety doesn’t happen by accident.”
“UH St. John Medical Center cares deeply about the health of our community,” said Rob David, President of UH St. John Medical Center. “Our health and safety day is an example of the great partnership we have with the community we are privileged to serve.”
To help families get started on a healthier lifestyle, this year’s event included free bicycle helmets made possible by First National Bank and free family first aid kits provided by University Hospitals.
“At First National Bank, we are always looking for ways to enhance the communities where we live and work, and that includes providing for the wellbeing of our neighbors,” said John Sikora, Branch Manager of FNB’s Westlake Office. “We are proud to serve as the Bicycle Helmet Sponsor for the Community Safety and Wellness Fair, joining the City of Westlake and UH SJMC in their effort to create safer and healthier neighborhoods.”
Also new was the opportunity to help others in the community by participating in the LifeShare Blood Drive or donating 2 non-perishable, unexpired food items to the Westlake Food Pantry operated by the City’s Community Services Department. Donors to the Food Pantry received a “Community Health and Safety Fair Spring into Health” t-shirt sponsored by the State Farm offices of Nate Courtney and Jordanne Birch.
An Honor Guard featuring active service members, law enforcement, and veterans presented the flag in observance of Armed Forces Day. The fair’s schedule also included Touch-a-Truck photos, children’s activities, health and cancer screenings, live demonstrations, and a variety of exhibitors.