WESTERLY, RI (JUNE 6, 2023) – Wood River Health Services hosted its 2nd Annual Head to Toe Wellness Fair on Thursday, June 1 from 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM on The Esplanade at Wilcox Park, 44 Broad Street, Westerly. Sponsored by Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island and in partnership with Westerly Library and Wilcox Park, the family-friendly event connected attendees with resources from many local non-profit organizations.
The Head to Toe Wellness Fair serves as an opportunity for community members to connect with Wood River Health’s providers and staff outside of a health care setting. Health related information and resources are distributed by Wood River Health’s Medical, Dental, and Behavioral Health Services, its Community Resources Team and Women, Infants & Children (WIC) department and many of its community partners.
“We had beautiful weather and a fantastic turnout at this year’s Wellness Fair,” stated Alison Croke, President and CEO of Wood River Health. “We were delighted to partner with Westerly Library and Wilcox Park this year because it enabled our staff and our community partners to distribute tools and resources to a much broader audience and engage with more people.”
Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island, a not-for-profit 501(c)3 health maintenance organization, sponsored the event and was onsite at the event to provide resources and answer questions about its medical plans. “We are honored to support the Head to Toe Wellness Fair because we share Wood River Health’s vision: for every member of our community to experience physical, emotional and social well-being,” shared Brenda Seagrave-Whittle, chief marketing officer of Neighborhood. “The Wellness Fair connects Rhode Islanders with critical wellness information and resources that are instrumental to their wellbeing.”
Participating organizations included Chariho Youth Task Force, Gateway Healthcare, Genoa Healthcare, Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds of Washington County, Jonnycake Center of Westerly, Marigold Health, Kara Marziali (Author of Kara Koala and Her Kaleidoscope of Feelings), Mental Health Association of Rhode Island (MHARI), Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island, Ocean Community YMCA, Hopkinton Police Department’s Certified Compassion Dog Officer Raymond, Frank Olean Center, PACE Organization of Rhode Island, Parents as Teachers (Westerly Public Schools), Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center, Ray of Hope, RI Regional Coalition, Rhode Island Center Assisting Those In Need (RICAN), UnitedHealthcare RIte Smiles, and the Westerly Land Trust. WBLQ’s DJ Gadget broadcast live onsite and interviewed representatives from Wood River Health and its community partners.
During the event, Wood River Health’s Behavioral Health Services hosted an arts and crafts booth for children. The nonprofit and its partners distributed child-sized racing jackets, scooters, hand sanitizer and hot and cold packs, frisbees, coloring books, nutritional cookbooks, dental kits, stickers and fidget spinners. Wellness Fair attendees had the opportunity to enter into free raffles for baskets and gift cards.