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Mar 12th, 2012 by conisheridan

Diet, nutrition and fitness will be the focus of the Libraries for Health Expo slated for 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 31 at The Public Library for Union County.

This all-age event will feature something for the entire family with story time, child fingerprinting by the Buffalo Valley Regional Police and live demonstrations including cooking, yoga and Tai Chi.

Evangelical Community Hospital will provide body composition screenings which include body mass index (BMI) and body fat percentages. A registered dietician will be available for risk counseling.

Geisinger Health System will be offering blood pressure screenings through the Lewisburg community practice clinic and cancer screening information in conjunction with the National Cancer Institute Community Cancer Center. Through a grant from Kohl’s Cares for Kids, Geisinger will also sponsor children’s activities, including Nintendo Wii Fitness and a raffle for a children’s bicycle and helmet.

The Special Olympics from Union and Northumberland counties will be showing off their Bocce ball skills, while the Penn State Extension will be offering healthy cooking demonstrations, with a special focus on diabetes. For children, the Extension will offer “Color My Plate” activities.

The Union-Snyder Community Action Agency will offer information on providing healthy food for families, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), and the WIC program, a special supplemental nutrition program for women, infants and children.

Along with the live demonstrations there will also be health and wellness information and representatives from area organizations including the Union-Snyder Agency on Aging, Inc., Donald Heiter Community Center, Greater Susquehanna Valley YMCA, the Girl Scouts and more. An additional raffle of a healthy foods basket, donated by the Natural Food and Garden Store, Ltd. will also be held.

The Libraries for Health Expo is a project of the Union County Library System—The Public Library for Union County, Lewisburg; Herr Memorial Library, Mifflinburg; and the West End Library, Laurelton—in conjunction with the Union-Snyder Agency on Aging, Inc., Evangelical Community Hospital, Geisinger Health System, and the Penn State Extension. The Libraries for Health group was formed in 2010 to improve and expand health materials in the libraries’ collections through a $20,000 LSTA (Library Services and Technology Act) grant received by the library system.

For more information on the Libraries for Health Expo, visit the library at 255 Reitz Blvd., Lewisburg or call 570-523-1172.