Westlake Rec Center Hosts Free Community Safety and Wellness Fair May 18

Health Screenings, Touch-a-Truck, Free Bike Helmets, 70+ Exhibitors, Live Demos

Westlake firefighter Glenn Netkowicz welcomes young Ayden to last year’s Westlake Safety Fair.

The City of Westlake and University Hospitals St. John Medical Center (UH SJMC) hosts its annual Community Safety and Wellness Fair on Saturday, May 18, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Westlake Recreation Center, 28955 Hilliard Boulevard. The event is free and open to the public.

The annual event offers attractions and activities for families looking to live a safer and healthier lifestyle. The fair features ten different health screenings, a touch-a-truck attraction, and more than 70 exhibitors. Additionally, the Community Safety and Wellness Fair welcomes special local celebrity guest, WOIO Channel 19 Meteorologist, Kelly Dobeck. Kids and attendees will have the opportunity to meet with Kelly and learn how to give a weather report. Free children’s bicycle helmets made possible by First National Bank are available while supplies last.

“Health and safety are important aspects to ensuring happy families and communities,” said City of Westlake Mayor Dennis M. Clough. “We’re happy to partner with UH St. John Medical Center in offering this free fair to the community.”

Safety and Wellness Fair attendees have the opportunity to offer goodwill to the local community, too. Participate in the Vitalant Blood Drive, donate hair at the Wigs for Kids Cut-a-Thon, and donate non-perishable food items to the Westlake Food Panty. Donors to the Food Pantry will receive a “Community Health and Safety Fair Spring into Health” t-shirt (while supplies last) sponsored by the State Farm offices of Nate Courtney and Jordanne Birch.

Westlake Mayor Dennis Clough and Rob David, UH SJMC President and CEO, accept the flag from an Honor Guard at last year’s safety fair.

An Honor Guard featuring active service members, law enforcement, and veterans will present the flag at 10:15 a.m. in observance of Armed Forces Day.

Parking for the fair is available at Westlake High School and attendees can hop aboard Lolly the Trolley for a quick ride to the fair.

The fair’s schedule, Touch-a-Truck photos, children’s activities, lists of health and cancer screenings, live demonstrations, and exhibitors (subject to change), and other details can be found at www.cityofwestlake.org/Safety-Fair.

Fair Highlights

More than 70 exhibitors will be on hand to provide safety and wellness information. UH SJMC Community Outreach Nurses and other health professionals will conduct health and cancer screenings and answer questions raised by the giant inflatables (brain and heart).

Numerous safety vehicles and equipment will be on display in Touch-a-Truck. Cleveland Browns’ Chomps, Elmo and Westlake’s Safety Pup will make appearances. Kids can enjoy the Teddy Bear First Aid Clinic, learn about germs from the UH Nurse Germs, bounce their way through the inflatable bounce house and dance to the musical entertainment by DJ Eazy. The UH SJMC helicopter is scheduled to land at noon, weather permitting.

Live demonstrations include CPR (hands only), UH EMS “Stop the Bleed” (tourniquet application), Andy the talking LifeCare Ambulance, working and service dogs, fire extinguisher use, and distracted driving and binge drinking simulations.

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