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March 8, 2010
Contact: Steve Rottinghaus, Baker University public relations director, (785) 594-8330 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Wellness Festival set for March 27

Baldwin City, Kan. — The annual Community Wellness Festival, a collaborative effort between the Baldwin City Recreation Commission and Baker University, is set for 9 a.m.-noon, Saturday, March 27, at the Collins Center on the Baldwin City campus.

Approximately 70 exhibitors are expected to participate in the free health fair, which annually attracts more than 300 people.

A 5-kilometer run/walk will kick off the festival at 8 a.m. at the Collins Center. The entry fee is $10 for individuals and $25 for families. The deadline to register for the race is March 22 at Baldwin City Recreation Office, 715 High Street, or online at

The festival will provide free screenings for blood pressure, posture check, body fat, bone density, hearing, lung volume vision and dental.

Through Lawrence Memorial Hospital, additional screenings are available, including a total lipid profile with a prostate specific antigen test and several other blood tests to assess healthy body functions. If you pre-register by Friday, March 12, the lab tests are available for $30 ($40 with PSA test). Lab tests will be $40 ($50 with PSA test) the day of the festival. Anyone interested in the tests should not eat or drink anything — water and medications are exceptions — after midnight prior to having blood drawn.

Registration forms for lab tests are available at Baldwin City Recreation Office, Baldwin Athletic Club, Santa Fe Market, Baldwin City Market and Baker University Student Health Center.

There will be drawings for prizes, including bicycles for an adult and two children. Free T-shirts will be provided to the first 150 attendees. All children will receive a free bicycle helmet as long as supplies last.

For more information, contact Ruth Sarna, director of student health services, or Debbie Guenther, coordinator of health and counseling services, at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or (785) 594-8409.