“Wellness Fair” promises health education and family entertainment in Attica | New


ATTICA — Although Attica Central School District social worker Tricia Janes envisions the upcoming Live Long, Stay Strong wellness fair as a “one-stop-shop” for local families, she also wants it to be an evening fun for families.

Friday’s event will help people learn more about how Wyoming County agencies, businesses and providers can help them on their journey to wellness – and there will be fun activities to boot.

“It will be a great way for families to disconnect, spend quality time with your kids, connect with our community and see the amazing things we have here in our community,” said Janes, the one of the organizers of the fair.

Funded by part of a $25,000 grant from the New York Office of Mental Health awarded to Wyoming County earlier this year, the Wellness Fair is a collaboration between the Attica Central School District and the mental health department and county youth office.

Attendees will be able to walk around the Attica campus and learn what resources the various Wyoming County agencies and businesses can offer to help improve their physical, mental, or other well-being.

“It’s not just social services or county agencies,” Janes said. “I contacted all the local providers here in Attica – Hands of Time Massage Therapy, Body Sense Healthcare and Nutrition, Vintage Cow, Merle’s Produce, Invictus Barber. All things here in our village. Anyone who has to do with health , Mental Health, Wellness has received an invitation and we hope that each company will be able to show their role and responsibility within our county.

Food will be available at Positiv Cafe and Bakery in Attica and C&G Praller’s. Yummies, Warsaw’s popular ice cream parlor, will offer $1 ice cream cones.

Representatives from the County Youth Bureau will also host a family game night, Janes said.

“So when the kids come in they’re going to get a passport and if you go to a number of different cabins, at the end of the night you’re going to have a board game for you and your family to take home “, she said.

Karen Feustel, assistant director of Wyoming County Child and Family Services, said representatives from the Attica Police Department and the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office will be at the fair to conduct health checks. car seat safety and create child identification kits.

“Attica Police Department – one of the activities they are having is a coloring contest and the winner will get a gift card for Vintage Cow with a police escort, so that’s pretty cool,” he said. she declared. “We are going to do tours of the fitness center because there is a grant that allows it to be free for the community at this time. The basketball coach will be there doing skills drills in the auxiliary gymnasium for the young kids – there’s just a lot going on.

Feustel said she hopes attendees leave the fair motivated to improve their family’s well-being as well as their own.

She also hopes the fair will help dispel the idea that because Attica and Wyoming County are largely rural, there is no one to turn to for help.

“One of the things you often hear in a small town or rural area is the limitations in terms of services and availability of things,” she said. “However, one of the benefits, as I see it at least, is that you get this community. There are people who are really committed to the well-being of their community as a whole.

In addition to outside companies and agencies, a handful of Attica student clubs will also be attending the fair to speak with attendees about what they are doing at their respective clubs.

Many of these student clubs are made possible by the $2.8 million School Climate Grant the U.S. Department of Education awarded the district in 2019 to help it implement a “ whole school, whole community, whole child” as a way to increase student engagement, improve school supports and activities, and reduce drug and alcohol use among students.

“We have worked hard to achieve this goal and these objectives over the first three years of the grant, and it would not be possible without the support of our stakeholders, said Sherry Bennett, deputy head of the college. “We saw what a great opportunity this would be to show the time, effort and opportunity that faculty and students have been involved in this year.”

Both Janes and Feustel expressed hope that the fair will continue for years to come, but possibly in different locations.

“We hope each year the fair will be held in different districts of Wyoming County, move it around a bit,” Janes said. “Maybe next year it will be Letchworth, then Perry, then Attica.”

Feustel added: “We were delighted with how it is going. I think this will be a really fun event for kids and families and the community of Attica should be very proud of not only their school but also the commitment and engagement we have seen from the whole community.

The fair is scheduled from 5-7 p.m. Friday at the Attica Central School District, 3338 East Main Street Rd. Offers will be spread throughout the East Main Street Road District campus and some may be outdoors, depending the weather. While the fair is held in Attica, the fair is open to all Wyoming County residents.

The following agencies, companies and suppliers have confirmed their presence at the fair: Wyoming County Health Department; tobacco-free NY; RESTORE sexual assault services; Hillside Children’s Center will have information on its GLOW peer support program for families; Partners for prevention; Body Sense Health and Nutrition; living young; Attica Police Department; Stevens Memorial Community Library; Attica Pharmacy; Falling-Leaves Farm (will bring goats for kids to meet); Upstate Dairy and Milk for Health; Perry Police K9 Unit; and the Bennington Fire Department (will bring fire trucks for families to check out)

The following Attica student clubs and organizations will be featured at the fair: National Junior Honor Society; nature club; High School Science Club; Elementary School STEM Club; College STEM Club; Summer learning camp; Elementary Youth Empowerment Club; Attica’s Future Farmers of America chapter (will be handing out fruit skewers); Attica Central School District Basketball Program.

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