Waldo Celebrates Wellness this Saturday

By Waldo County General Hospital | Feb 24, 2014

Looking for a fun way to spend a Saturday, where your children are welcome? Want to learn some great ways to make yours and your loved ones lives healthier? Take a cooking class for parents and children? Or learn about some exercises and classes that could help you shape up?

This Saturday, March 1, Waldo County will be celebrating all things wellness related – from container gardening, cooking classes, to getting our bodies active. The celebration runs from 10 am to 2 pm at the Troy Howard Middle School.

To encourage our community to use bicycling as a means for commuting, the Bicycle Coalition of Maine and avid bikers in our county will be coming together for a panel discussion on Maine’s bike culture and how to make it more prominent in our communities.

One way to really start the conversation is to inspire people to bike in the winter! Have you ever thought about winter biking but don’t know where to start? Journey to Health recently interviewed Jim Merkel, bike enthusiast and panelist for the event, to learn more about winter biking and to get our viewers excited about biking in Maine.  

Merkel says, If you haven’t really gotten into riding your bike, or you think ‘Well, I’d love to try it this year. I’d like to commute. I’d like to go to college on my bike.  I’d like my children to come out with us as a family, but I’m a little nervous about getting out in traffic, how to be safe, [and] what do I need. It’s really simple but I’d like to get a few tips from experts.”

If this sounds like you or even if you’re a more seasoned biker, it’s always good to get out and learn from your peers!

The schedule for the biking events is:

  • 11 - 11:50 am - The Bicycle Coalition of Maine will be going over rules of the road and how to be safe.
  • 12 - 12:50 pm - Biking for Health, Transportation, Recreation, and Running Errands.  A “how-to” discussion on getting started.
  • 12 – 2 pm: Bike tune-ups, hands-on learning for fixing and maintaining your bicycle.

All of this and much more will be featured at Waldo Celebrates Wellness, which will be held Saturday, March 1, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Troy Howard Middle School, 175 Lincolnville Ave. All it’s FREE.

There will also be an opportunity to win some great door prizes such as cooking supplies, bike kit, $50 towards a CSA, and more!

To find out more or to look at the full schedule for Waldo Celebrates Wellness, visit: www.wcgh.org/wellness or email Sarah O’Blenes at soblenes@wcgh.org. To view the entire interview with Jim, visit: http://vimeo.com/86991282.

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