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Wellness Fair promotes health in the community

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 26 March 2014 at 12:00 am

Photos by Tom Rivers – Nola Goodrich-Kresse, public health educator for the Orleans County Health Department, talks about the sugar content in popular beverages. Goodrich-Kresse said the sugar in soda and energy drinks adds hundreds of calories.

ALBION – Genesee Community College is promoting health at all ages of life during a wellness fair today at the Albion campus on Route 31.

There are 14 vendors at the fair, which was organized by a student-run Wellness Coalition at the college.

“In America we are becoming an obese country,” said student Kassy Sutton of Holley, a member of the Wellness Coalition. “There are alternatives for kids to watching TV and playing video games.”

Danny Anderson, program manager for the Orleans County YMCA, discusses the benefits of exercise and the opportunities at the Y.

Today’s wellness fair runs until 2:30 p.m. It is the biggest project for the Wellness Coalition, but the group has had a healthy snack bake sale with sugar substitutes. It is looking into other activities to promote exercise and healthy living.

“We want people to think about what kind of life do you want to have?” said student Melissa Qualey of Holley, a member of the Wellness Coalition.

A person in good mental, physical and emotional health can be more active and engaged in the community, at work and with their families, she said.

GCC professor Pam Lusk is advisor for the Wellness Coalition. The group organized its first health fair in 2012. It plans to make it a regular event every two years.

Diana Fulcomer, community specialist for GCASA, speaks with GCC students at a health fair today.