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Hood View Junior Academy hosts first health fair April 1


Cooking demonstrations from second graders, a crash car, fresh veggies from farmers and dozens of other booths will be featured at Hood View Junior Academy's first health fair - a community event administrators hope will recur annually.

'Our church and school have long been proponents of a healthy lifestyle - fresh air, exercise, sleep, sunlight and nutritious foods,' said Holley Bryant, principal of the academy. 'This is who we've always been, only now we're trendy. Our health fair is a great way for Hood View to make a connection with our community, to form a partnership.'

The health fair will be held from 12:30 to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 1, at Hood View Academy, 26505 N.E. Kelso Road in Boring, and also will feature a kid fun run and an adult 5K fun run.

Admission to the event is free. The first 150 visitors will receive a free, healthy meal, and door prizes will be given away throughout the event. The fun run has a $30 entry fee and starts at 3:45 p.m. Registration forms are available at hvja.org.

The health fair is designed for adults to get health screenings and learn about health with speakers - including Dr. Don Hall, author of 'The Vegetarian Advantage' and founder of Wellsource Inc. - and booths such as the 10 best things to do for your health, how to reverse diabetes and the best child nutrition, said Kari Oksenholt-Unruh, event organizer.

Children will get a 'kid passport,' in which they receive stickers for visiting different health booths. West Coast Taekwondo will give demonstrations, and Oregon Impact will have a crash car demonstration.

Students at the academy will get involved with cooking demonstrations, showing how they learned to make healthy snacks in nutrition classes.

'We want to be involved in the community,' Oksenholt-Unruh said. 'We're trying to get word out to the greater Portland area that we're really (promoting) health and wellness and physical activity. … It's important to try to be involved in our community.'