Joel Salatin, an author and third-generation alternative farmer, will be the keynote speaker. Photo credit: Teresa Salatin.
On Sat., Apr. 28, UMD will host the Northland’s third annual Community Wellness Day in Romano Gym from 11 am - 3 pm. Community Wellness Day is a nationwide opportunity to learn about health, safety, financial literacy, and environmental awareness. This event is free and open to the public.
The keynote speaker will be Joel Salatin, an author and third-generation alternative farmer from Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. He will speak from 1-2 pm Sat., Apr. 28, in the Marshall Performing Arts Center. Salatin was featured in Michael Pollan’s New York Times bestselling book, The Omnivore’s Dilemma, the documentary Fresh: the Movie, and Food, Inc., the Academy Award nominated and best-selling independent documentary of all time.
UMD Health Educator Dori Decker, M.S. encourages everyone to explore Wellness Day. “It is a family-friendly event, so it will be an opportunity for people of all ages to be active and engaged,” Decker said. “There will be many children’s activities, including rock climbing on the indoor climbing wall.”
In addition to the climbing wall for the children, there will also be a bounce house, sumo wrestling suits, and activities with UMD athletes.
The event serves as a fundraiser for the Damiano Center’s Kids Café. Kids Café aims to reduce childhood hunger in the community and teach about nutrition in a fun, interactive, hands-on environment. Wellness Day tries to raise $4000 to $5000 for the program each year.
Dr. Anthony Macioce of Associated Chiropractic-Kenwood is the host and coordinator of Wellness Day. About 60 vendors are signed on for the event. Macioce says this is one great reason for students to get involved.
“For students getting out of college, it’s nice to have an understanding of [health, safety, financial literacy, and environmental awareness],” he said. “And freshman might find somewhere they would like to work in the future.”
The event is a collaboration between St. Louis County, UMD’s Student Health Advisory Committee, The City of Duluth, and Associated Chiropractic-Kenwood.
Some of the vendors will include: Hillside Public Orchard, Animal Allies, Whole Foods Co-op, UMD Farmer’s Market, Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Minnesota, Northland Birth Network, Deep Peace Wellness Studio, and Essentia Health.
Macioce wants people to know that Wellness Day is not like most other health fairs. “It’s different than regular expos— people wandering around getting free stuff,” he said. “[Here] people actually sit down and have good conversations.”
For more information about Community Wellness Day, contact Dori Decker.
Written by Maeggi Licht, April 2012