"There are hundreds of millions of dollars spent on messages about specific health issues," said W. Ron Sutton, founder of Community of Wellness. "Instead of specific illnesses, such as asthma or cancer, our focus is on behavior modification that can lead to longer, healthier lives. We want to help people take the first step, which experts say is assessment -- in this case, assessing where you are in terms of your health.
"We will be handing out wallet-size cards that summarize the six steps to effective behavior change," Sutton continued. "Instead of being overwhelmed by blizzards of messages, we urge our neighbors to choose just one thing that they will modify before 2012. That's what we mean by 'Change 1 Thing.' Our table sponsors also will have many free handouts to help with health assessment and deciding what needs changing."
The Community of Wellness Festival, which is being held for the fifth time, will take place 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 15, at the Pleasanton Public Library, 400 Old BernalAve. Parents of young children can see the library's new, grant-funded "Learn & Play with Me" program, a six-week series for parents and their children ages 1-3.
"The emphasis is on play and the role of parents as the first teachers of their children," according to the flier.
Axis Community Health Center will feature a guessing game on nutrition. Pans on Fire will demonstrate healthful cooking from 10 a.m. to noon. Child Nutrition Services of Pleasanton Unified School District is teaming up with Revolution Foods to advocate real food vs. junk food.
Terri Gonzales from Pleasanton's Parks and Community Services Department and her team will demonstrate the fitness movements for balance and strength training that are offered in her classes. Pleasanton Senior Center will have a variety of informational materials about the programs it offers that promote a healthy lifestyle.
ValleyCare Health System will hand out fliers and educational materials, including information about its LifestyleRX program in Livermore, and other give-aways.
Table sponsors are asked to make a donation to Pleasanton Partnerships in Education (PPIE) Foundation, and PPIE will offer information on their role in promoting wellness at local public schools through grants.