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Get Healthy Here features new activities, free market bucks

By ROSS FLINT - rflint@shelbynews.com

Tasty food, new fitness ideas and free giveaways highlight the sixth annual Get Healthy Here event in downtown Shelbyville Saturday.

The event starts at 8 a.m. and goes until noon on the West Washington Street plaza.

“It’s a high energy morning of physical activity, healthy eating and wellness info for all ages,” Healthy Shelby County Coordinator Denise Holland said.

There are a few new activities for participants to explore this year.

A yoga class, led by Adrienne Lacy of the Mindful Movement Community Yoga group in Shelbyville, starts at 9 a.m.

Get Healthy Here originally held a yoga class the first couple years, Holland said, but stopped when organizers were unable to find an available instructor. Lacy has hosted other events, including with the Shelbyville Parks Department, and when Holland realized there was plenty of green space and saw how passionate Lacy was, she “put those two things together.”

Yoga will take place on the lawn of the former Major Hospital location.

Another new activity will be chair volleyball, led by the Fairland Horizon Center. That activity is exactly as it sounds — participants sit in chairs while batting a beach ball over the net.

It is a good form of upper body exercise and is a popular activity among the senior citizens at the center, Holland said.

“It’s a morning of different kinds of physical activities that people can join in or can explore to participate in after the event,” she said.

Three canopies will be set up around the plaza, providing shade for people who need to rest.

More activities will be available for children as a result of a partnership formed with Early Learning Shelby County and Discovery Preschool, including the opportunity to explore a Shelby County incident command vehicle. Director of Shelby County Emergency Management Ryan Hansome will also have giveaways to distribute.

Along with physical activities, Get Healthy Here will have food for patrons to taste.

Queens Catering and Blue River Cafe will compete in a grilling duel. The winner will be selected by the community.

Holland said those attending the market should first stop by the Healthy Shelby County booth because every adult will receive a market bag that will have free market bucks to spend at the farmer’s market. Those market bucks will be valid through September’s farmer’s market.

“The purpose of the event is to highlight wellness but also shining a spotlight on our farmer’s market vendors,” she said. “We want people to get their produce, meats and eggs from local growers, really support our local farmers.”

Youth will also receive a drawstring sports bag, just in time for school, she said.

There will be plenty of parking in the former Major Hospital parking lot. Parking will also be available on Jackson and West streets, she said.

No parking will be available in the Heartland Ambulance parking lot.

Close to 750 people attended last year and Holland is expecting a bigger crowd this time around. More than 800 bags will be available.