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First Annual Holliston Community Wellness Festival

by Matt Ristaino
June 3, 2018

The first annual Holliston Community Wellness Festival was held Saturday at the Miller and Placentino elementary schools. The event was hosted by the Holliston Wellness Council, with some help from various organizations in town, including the Holliston Agricultural Commission, Holliston Community Farm, and the Holliston fire and police departments.

A decent sized crowd was on hand to explore the various family-friendly activities at the festival. One of the highlights was a petting zoo provided by the Holliston Agricultural Commission, which also put on chef demonstrations of cooking farm fresh food.

Other activities included yard games provided by Holliston Youth and Family Services, a yoga demonstration, and, of course, a fire truck and police car for kids to explore.

The primary goal of the festival was to showcase the various health and wellness resources that are available in the community.

“We want to increase awareness of health and wellness in the community and foster relationships with other groups in town that also promote wellness,” said Alex Businger, co-chair of the Holliston Wellness Council.  

“This is a community education event,” said Lisa Kocian, the other co-chair of the Holliston Wellness Council, “but it’s also an education event for us, meeting other groups that focus on wellness as well.”

Having the festival at the Miller and Placentino elementary schools was very fitting since the Holliston Wellness Council has recently focused on promoting health and wellness in schools. They are working towards increasing physical activity, providing healthier school lunches, and promoting social-emotional well-being throughout the Holliston school system.  

This was the first time that the festival was held, but Businger said that they plan to hold it again next year, and expand it to include even more community organizations dedicated to promoting health and wellness.

 

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