Health Fair will help to chase away any winter blues

Did anyone else feel like the month of January was twice as long as usual this year? It ends today and Saturday brings the start of the shortest month, although February gained an extra day as it’s leap year.

For anyone looking for a seasonal spirit boost, we suggest checking out a brand-new event West End Suicide Prevention, which is facilitated by Great Lakes Recovery Centers Inc., will be hosting — the inaugural “Beating the Winter Blues” Health Fair.

The event will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at the Ishpeming Armory.

Indeed it’s Super Bowl Sunday, but fair organizers have taken that into account. As its press release for the event explained: There will be a football-themed game for kids. Participants will have the opportunity to pick the team they think will win the Super Bowl for a chance to win gift certificates for local restaurants.

Another highlight of this free event include the booths that many local agencies will have to provide information, with representatives present to answer questions.

There will also be many activities to take part in, according to the release. MARESA will have Blender Bikes, the Ishpeming Police Department will have Prescription Drug Take Back, there will be blood glucose and blood pressure screenings and much more.

The first 800 people under the age of 18 will receive a LIVE drawstring pack.

There will be door prizes at the event, including certificates for massages, VIP tickets to the Grace Festival, a Teen Essential Kit, NUTRiBULLET Balance and more.

And attendees can vote in the Snowman Building Contest in which people have the chance to win $100. Submitted photos of the entered snowmen will be posted for those visiting the fair to look over and choose their favorite.

All in all, this event will be a chance to shake off the winter doldrums and get off the couch before the big game.

For more information contact Amy Poirier at apoirier@greatlakesrecovery.org or 906-523-9688.