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23rd annual health fair
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Hundreds of people are, hopefully, more aware of their health and of services available to them following the 23rd annual Spring into Wellness Fair presented by River Park Hospital.
Almost 50 vendors filled Three Star Mall with booths armed with health tips and safety information for guests. The event is planned to be useful for the entire family, both young and old. The Air Up bounce castle was a huge hit with the youngsters, keeping the castle hopping most of the day. Youth also enjoyed bike safety tips and demonstration from Bobby Pennington.
Entertainment started early in the day with Legacy Karate Team kicking high on center stage. They were followed by the ever-popular River Park Baby Parade, which features children who were born at the facility in the last year. Covenant Academy’s Performance Chorus and Paula’s Dance Academy also took to the stage during the day.
The medical field was represented by Dr. Andrew Kastello with Cumberland Plateau General Surgery, Dr. Jeffrey Peterson with advanced Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine, Theresa Hill, certified family nurse practitioner with Family Care Clinic, and Dr. Dawnmarie Riley with Namaste Ob/Gyn. River Park’s registered dietitian Brandy Cox gave a demonstration on making healthy snacks that are also gluton-free and diabetic-friendly. River Park’s director of rehab services Tim King and physical therapist Kenny Kominos both gave informative demonstrations on incorporating fitness into daily life.
Adorable models presented the latest fashions in Ashley’s Attic Spring and Summer Fashion Show, which was emceed by Miss Middle Tennessee Blue Raider Callie Durham.
A Blood Assurance blood drive was conducted during the wellness fair, also holding a National Marrow Registry.
“The wellness fair was great fun. We saw a total of 24 people for 17 units of blood collected. We were also able to register five people to the registry. Several people said they specifically came out to donate blood, and that made me feel good that the word is getting out about Blood Assurance,” said Blood Assurance account manager Tari-Lee Gates. 
Members of the McMinnville Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association busily fingerprinted children throughout the day, and Tiger Cub Pack 888 raised money in their booth for Japan earthquake victims. Exhibitors made their crafts available for purchase, with many selling items for the Relay for Life movement. 
 "We had a great turnout this year from both vendors and wellness fair attendees. The focus of the event was health, wellness and outreach and we had representation from all of those areas. I want thank Three Star Mall and all of the mall stores for allowing us to hold this event in their facility year after year. We always have a great time and this year was no exception,” said River Park’s community relations coordinator Ashley Wright.