Written by Robin Golden
Madison School District and Madison Memorial Hospital are hosting Community Wellness Weekend at Madison Jr. High School April 29-30.

On Friday, the fair will have over 75 exhibits, free screenings and prizes from noon to 7 p.m. Saturday is Wellness for Women, an event specializing in women’s health that is from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., according to the Community Wellness Weekend website.

“The benefit of this event is to let people know what is out there,” said Jessica Goudy, communications public relations and events director for Madison School District. “This is an opportunity to chat with local health professionals and be informed about your local resources. This event is to make our community and homes happier.”

Goudy said the events on Friday are open to everyone. There will be 15 different types of screenings available including oxygen imbalance, BMI and blood pressure. There will also be prizes before and after the event for those who participate.

Doug McBride, Madison Memorial Hospital public relations director, said he and Goudy worked with local physicians and health care providers in creating the Wellness for Women portion of the event based on the needs of women in the community. He said the seminars and vendors were chosen based on general feedback women had shared with physicians and health care providers in which they expressed the need for medical resources, advice and knowledge for themselves and their family.

Maija-Liisa N. Adams, a faculty member of the BYU-Idaho communication department, will be a key note speaker, according to the Community Wellness Weekend Facebook page. Adams is speaking about finding a personal mission statement.

“Your personal mission statement serves as your guide in making decisions of what you should and should not do,” Adams said. “It keeps you viewing life with a long-term perspective. It even gives you the ability to say no to good things and yes to the best.”

Amy LaBaugh, BYU-I Academic Discovery Center director, will be presenting with Tami Hymas, a columnist at East Idaho News and owner of Tami’s Salon in Rexburg. The duo will be presenting “How to Choose Success over Stress,” according to the Weekend Wellness Facebook page.

Admissions are free to the public on both days. Registration for both days is encouraged but not required. Registration can be made on the website for vendors and attendees. A schedule of events is also included on the website. The Community Wellness Weekend can also be found on Facebook under Community Wellness Weekend.

Additional information can be found on the Community Wellness Weekend website: healthfair.madisonmemorial.org.