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Dozens 'Spring Into Wellness' at SRPMIC Family Wellness Fair

Zumba time! Family Wellness Fair participants enjoy Zumba on the basketball court at Friendship Park.

Wind and rain didn’t dampen enthusiasm for the “Spring Into Wellness” Family Wellness Fair, held in the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community on March 23.

The 2.5-hour event was scheduled to take place outdoors, in the Two Waters Complex courtyard, but a shot of bad weather around the 5 p.m. start time forced SRPMIC Health and Human Services and Salt River Schools organizers to move the event inside the Round House Café.

Inside, more than 20 booths with valuable health information were available for attendees. The Salt River High School drumline performed as dozens of people rotated among the booths. Attendees who visited a certain number of booths qualified for the raffle prize drawing.

SRPMIC Council member David Antone gave the blessing and shared an introduction and some brief Community history with the guests.

“The one thing that everybody did [in the past] is we walked everywhere, and this health fair is for that, to encourage [people to follow] a healthy lifestyle and to stay active,” Antone said. “On behalf the Tribal Council, President [Delbert] Ray [Sr.] and Vice-President [Martin] Harvier, I welcome you to this event.”

Salt River Schools Superintendent Louis Laffitte also addressed the crowd.

The weather mellowed not long afterward, and physical activities such as a Zumba class and a performance by the Senior Steppers took place outside at the nearby Friendship Park basketball court.

Free dinner was provided to the first 150 people.

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