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Fall Into Good Health Festival mixes fun and learning

TRINITY — There is no better way to celebrate fall than painting some pumpkins and eating too much Halloween candy. Put those together with some learning and you have a fun festival for the whole family.
As a way to ring in the new season, the Morton Plant Mease Outpatient Center in Trinity held its fourth Fall Into Good Health festival last Friday. The festival combined fun activities and health vendors to give people a chance to have fun, while still learning how to be healthy.
Lisa Creswell, media relations coordinator for Morton Plant Mease, said that the main reason for the festival was just to give back to the community for all of the support that they have given to the health center.
It’s also a fun way to share knowledge about health. “When you’re having fun, you learn better,” Creswell said. “It doesn’t have to be drudgery.”
The festival was family-oriented. From toddlers to the elderly, there was something for everyone. The event was filled with both health service vendors and fun activities for the whole family.
Many activities catered to children, including sand art, pumpkin decorating, balloon animals, and face painting.
Charlene Nibert brought her grandson, Isaac Gardner, to the face painting station, and he was all smiles as he got a spider painted on his face.
There were plenty of kids already in the Halloween spirit, showing off their costumes and snacking on candy. Plenty of superheroes and princesses were running around the festival.
The kid-friendly Radio Disney also had a tent at the festival. The kids were able to play games for prizes, and even do a bit of dancing.
The festival featured 31 health and medical vendors. The vendors were either physicians in the Morton Plant Mease outpatient center, the Medical Arts center, or Baycare Health centers in the community.
Representatives came from St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital, Pediatric Cardiology Associates, Florida Medical Center, Suncoast Women’s Care, as well as specialized practices in Morton Plant Mease like sleep disorders.
Joanne Elliott, the coordinator of the sleep center at Morton Plant Mease, said that the festival is a great way to share information in Pasco. “It’s a good education to the community.” Elliott said.
Along with vendors, there was also an Ask A Physician table as well as free health screenings. People could get tested for blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol.
Carrie Martin came with her family for both the excitement as well as the information. “We came last year and had a lot of fun.” Martin said. “I like going to all of the different vendors.”
The Morton Plant Mease Outpatient Center and the Medical Arts Center is at 2102 Trinity Oaks Blvd., Trinity. The phone number is (727) 372-4000.