Free Health and Wellness Fair in Macomb County

Mark your calendar for Sept. 23 and plan to attend the free Health and Wellness Fair. Bring the whole family!

Grab your family, friends and neighbors and get ready to feel your best at the Health and Wellness Fair on Saturday, Sept. 23, at the Macomb Intermediate School District. This event is free and open to anyone who wants to learn more about how to live a healthy life, both physically and mentally, says Agnes Ward, Chief Clinical Officer of Macomb County Community Mental Health (MCCMH), one of the coordinating partners for the event.

This is an event for everyone and families are especially welcome.

“We’re encouraging anyone interested in working on their physical or mental health to attend. Especially if they are looking for resources and information and want to connect to providers in the community who can help them meet their goals,” Ward says. “Everyone in our diverse community is welcome to attend.”

More than 30 organizations will be on hand at the event, offering lots of opportunities for families to interact with experts in Macomb County who are dedicated to helping people live healthier lives. There will be resources, activities and information related to physical health, behavioral health and substance use.

Keynote speaker Anthony Grupido will share an educational and entertaining session on “The Magic of Hope.” There will be breakout sessions where individuals can learn about topics like autism, ADHD, hypertension, anxiety, diabetes and a host of mental health and physical health topics.

Attendees can even get free health screenings, enjoy short massages, sample healthy foods and learn the basics of meditation. “There is face painting and activities for kids. This is a true family event,” says Ward.

Get inspired and empowered

In addition to valuable giveaways, attendees will receive a resource book, loaded with articles related to health topics and information about local organizations where people can get more information and help to meet their goals, says Helen Klingert, Director of Substance Use Services with MCCMH.

“We hope that by having this event and others like it, we can normalize mental health, substance use and physical health issues. We want people to know that it’s OK to have them and OK to seek help,” Klingert says. “There’s still some stigma related to these issues. Attending a fun event is a creative way to reduce stigma. This is a whole-community event and we want people to come, have a good time and learn about these issues.”

By attending the Health and Wellness Fair, families can learn about what support is available close to home in Macomb County, says Nancy Buyle, School Safety/Student Assistant Consultant with the Macomb Intermediate School District. And, they can learn more about the connection between physical health and mental health.

“We know that the mind, body and spirit are interconnected. We’ve always talked about this and now we have brain research and imaging to prove it’s true,” says Buyle. “Practicing positive mental health by doing at least one thing every day specifically for our physical, mental, spiritual and emotional well-being is so important.”

Just like you’d reach out for help when looking for a job, consider the Health and Wellness Fair as a way to reach out for help with overall wellness, says Ward.

“If you need a job, you might go to a job fair to learn from the vendors and companies about jobs and who is hiring,” she says. “In this same regard, if you need resources for mental health or physical health, come and connect with agencies and providers as you explore your health journey.”

Attend the Health and Wellness Fair on Saturday, Sept. 23, 2023, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Macomb Intermediate School District, 44001 Garfield Road, Clinton Township.

This event is sponsored by Macomb County, Macomb County Community Mental Health, Macomb County Suicide Prevention Coalition and Macomb Intermediate School District.

For more information on living and learning in Macomb County, visit Make Macomb Your Home. Find more articles like this at Metro Parent’s A Family Guide to Macomb County.

Claire Charlton
Claire Charlton
An enthusiastic storyteller, Claire Charlton focuses on delivering top client service as a content editor for Metro Parent. In her 20+ years of experience, she has written extensively on a variety of topics and is keen on new tech and podcast hosting. Claire has two grown kids and loves to read, run, camp, cycle and travel.

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