The Merrill Area Healthy Lifestyle Network (MAHLN) is sponsoring a week of activities to raise awareness in Merrill of the importance of a healthy lifestyle. The second annual Be Healthy Week will be held April 20-26 and encourages everyone to participate in some way.
“If we can motivate people to think about how to improve the quality of what they eat and increase the amount of activity done in a day, we have taken a step in the right direction.” according to MAHLN representative Carol Crevier, coordinator of community health and wellness at Good Samaritan Health Center.
Be Healthy Week will begin on Monday, April 20 with Promoting Healthy Minds. The T.B. Scott Library will host this event at 6 p.m. in the Community Room and features a presentation Wendie Martell-Williams on Brain Power. This free program is open to the public. Interactive puzzles and mental challenges for all ages can be found throughout the library for the entire week.
Tuesday, April 21 will promote the theme of healthy women. As part of theLadies’ Lifestyle Expo, MAHLN will be providing women’s health education at the MARC from 5 – 9pm. Come join us for a treat with a dab of healthy information!
Promoting Healthy Nutrition is the theme for Wednesday April 22. Deb Kohler, registered dietitian from Good Samaritan Health Center will present a community program entitled “Healthy Eating and Label Reading”. The program will be held in the Good Samaritan Cafeteria from 6:30 – 8pm. This is a free program, but advanced registration is requested by calling 715.539.5090. Everyone is encouraged to find healthy food choices at their favorite restaurants and grocery stores. How about trying something new – like jicama?!?
Thursday and Friday we promote valuable members of our society – our children and our seniors. As part of the Week of the Young Child, childcare providers and families will be guided through learning activities promoting healthy development of the youngest members of our community. In addition,Merrill schools will be promoting great nutrition and activities for all students in our school district. Friday’s promotion of healthy seniors will allow individuals to take a walk back through the decades. All Seniors are invited to participate in presentations, games and trivia that will be guaranteed to bring back memories!! Speakers will present on Financial Preparedness and Emergency Room Preparedness. This program will take place from 1 – 4pm in the Menard Center of Good Samaritan Health Center. Fun, food and informational programs are in store. This is a free program, but advanced registration is requested by calling 715.539.5090.
Saturday , April 25 – Promoting Healthy Activity is a fun-filled day that has something for everyone! The day’s activities include:
- 10 – 10:45am – Aerobics in the basement of Our Saviours Church. There is no charge for this event.
- 10:30 – 11:30am – Water Aerobics in the Prairie River Middle School Pool. There is a $2 pool access fee.
- 11:00 -11:45 am – Line Dancing in the basement of Our Saviours Church. No charge!
- 11:30 – 3pm – Open Swim at PRMS pool. $2pool access fee/ $4 per family.
- 12:30-4:30pm – Guided Ice Age hike in Harrison Hills. A free bus will depart from the MARC at 12:30.
- 4 – 6pm – Cosmic Bowling at Lincoln Lanes. $3 per game per person. Free shoe rental.
On Sunday, April 26, it will be time to rest and reflect as we Promote Healthy Spirituality. Everyone is encouraged to complete the mind, body, spirit connection in a way that brings meaning for them. Information on how individuals can bring balance to their busy lives will be made available at the TB Scott Library in the Good Samaritan Health display.
Businesses, churches, civic groups and individuals are all encouraged to find ways to focus on how to become healthier. Working together as a community, we can help reinforce the lessons of this week to become permanent habits that encourage healthy lifestyles.
The Merrill Area Healthy Lifestyle Network is an affiliation of local agencies committed to the promotion of health and wellness in the Merrill Community. These include Good Samaritan Health Center/Ministry Health Care, Lincoln County Department of Public Health, University of Wisconsin Extension, Lincoln County Commission on Aging, Marshfield Clinic Merrill Center, HAVEN (Household Abuse Victim Emergency Network), Merrill Area Public Schools, Church Mutual Insurance Company and community stakeholders.