Get healthy at the Thrive Festival

More than 20 health and community-related organizations dignitaries, local doctors and citizens will gather in City Park on Saturday, Sept. 21 from noon to 4 p.m. to celebrate and help support healthy living.

The Central Okanagan Division of Family Practice (CODFP) has dedicated itself to bringing local doctors, patients and the community at-large together to encourage physical activity and healthy eating as two imperatives to a long and vibrant life by launching the Thrive Health Festival.

Highlights of the free Festival, which starts on Monday, Sept. 16, include a KidsZone activity centre (including Bouncy Castle); guest speakers Kim Froom and Joanne Ritchie who will speak to their own personal experience in terms of the benefits of leading an active, healthy lifestyle. As well, local chefs and farmers will offer free fall food recipes and even some free fresh ingredients.  There will also be a “Give it a Try” demonstrations every hour to introduce various types of activities to the community.

“We would like to see the Central Okanagan become the healthiest community in Canada,” says Dr. Roger Crittenden, CODFP board member and planning committee member of the week-long event, taking place September 15 – 21. “Our goal is to utilize the knowledge and passion of doctors to help empower us to work together to develop community health plans. Family physicians are passionate about quality care and through the CO Division we are working towards improving patient care and creating a sustainable health system,” says Tristan Smith, Executive Director of the CODFP and event coordinator.

Each day of the week leading up to the main festival, doctors will be conducting various activities with the community, from a swim in Okanagan Lake to a Zumba class in Stewart Park. “As local family physicians we want to show our patients and the community at large that we not only promote exercise and physical activities but also participate ourselves,” says Dr. Peter Butterworth, who will be leading a bike ride through southeast Kelowna. “We hope to encourage and empower the community to take care of itself and diet and exercise play a major role in that process.”

As well, Save On Foods will be involved in this week-long initiative on Monday September 16 and Tuesday September 17, when doctors will visit the Save On at Orchard Plaza to participate in an interactive display showing shoppers how to make healthy, easy and affordable snacks for kids, youth and adults.

Schedule of Events:

Monday September 16:  Dr. Roger Crittenden - Walking Knox Mountain 6:00 pm.

Save On Foods Orchard Plaza:  Healthy Snacks Demo 5 pm – 7 pm with Dr. Mark Fromberg and Dr. Grant Pagdin

Tuesday September 17:  Dr. Mark Fromberg - swimming at Gyro Beach 9:00 am. Open to public. Free to attend.

Save On Foods Orchard Plaza:  Healthy Snacks Demo 10:30 am – 12:00 pm and 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm with Tristan Smith

Wednesday September 18:  6 pm – Dr. Grant Pagdin – walk on Mission Park Greenway.  Meet at the Scenic Canyon parking lot at 2080 Hollywood Road South. Free to attend.

Thursday September 19:  Dr. Peter Butterworth --cycling in SE Kelowna. Meet at CNC in front of Boomers for a 5:30 pm -7:00 pm ride.

Dr. Angela Andruchow – Zumba class at Stewart Park 10:00 am – 11:30 am Open to public. Free to attend.

Friday September 20:  Urban Outreach Walk and BBQ – Dr. Heather MacDonald – 12 noon to 1:00 pm.

Dr. Mark Fromberg and Tristan Smith will address the students at an assembly at AS Matheson public school regarding healthy eating and activity.

Saturday September 21:  Thrive Health Festival at City Park, 12 noon to 4:00 pm. Open to public. Free to attend.

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