Liberty Fit Health fair offers vendors, prizes, dynamic speakers

John Archibeque, Jr., is the keynote speaker at Liberty Fit Health, wellness and Safety Fair on Oct. 4. (Courtesy Photo)

John Archibeque, Jr., is the keynote speaker at Liberty Fit Health, wellness and Safety Fair on Oct. 4. (Courtesy Photo)

Organizers for the community’s first health and wellness fair say the event is shaping up to be an entertaining educational experience for young people and their families.

Liberty Fit Health, Wellness and Safety Fair will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, at Liberty Hill High School.

The event is far more than a health fair. It promises to be a fun-filled day of activities at no cost for the entire family.

Sponsored by the school district’s Student Health Advisory Council (SHAC) with the support of local businesses, Liberty Fit is an event designed to educate, facilitate discussion and mobilize young and old alike to become more active and engaged in efforts to improve their own health.

Creating awareness that good health and fitness habits lead to improved educational achievement is a primary goal.

The event will feature more than 30 vendors that are health and fitness related. Each vendor is donating prizes that will be given away at the end of the event at 2:30 p.m.

Vendors participating in the fair include the following: Airrosti Rehab Centers, Anderson Chiropractic Leander, Anytime Fitness, Arbonne, Blessed Ginger Wraps, Body Envy Bootcamps, Cear Park Regional Medical Center, Center for Relational Care, Courage Cheer and Dance United, Crossfit Liberty Hill, Dental Genius Assisting School, First Fitness Nutrition, Flying H Fitness, Goldenberg Orthodontics, Hilltop Children’s Center, Liberty Hill Chamber of Commerce, Liberty Hill Christian Business Leaders Association, Liberty Hill Dental, Liberty Hill Eye Associates, Williamson County Emergency Services District #4, Liberty Hill Pediatric Dentistry, Liberty Hill Public Library, Liberty Hill Youth League, Mahlon’s Beef Jerky, Plexus Slim, Texas Physical Therapy Specialists, Title Boxing Club, Victory Martial Arts of Georgetown, YMCA of Greater Williamson County and Young Living Essential Oils.

Vendor booths and a snack bar will be open from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The snack bar will feature healthy foods served to Liberty Hill students through the cafeterias offering parents an opportunity to see and taste what their children are eating at school.

The Liberty Hill Junior High Cheerleaders will perform at 10:30 a.m., followed by Kids Camp 1 from 11 a.m. to 12 Noon in the gym. LHISD PE teachers will be directing the camp activities.

From 11-11:30 a.m., breakout sessions will feature different topics and speakers of interest to parents. Those include “Benefits of Pilates and Yoga” by Lisa Harlow and Sally Medford; “How to Stay Young” by Dr. Jonathon Anderson, DC; “Planning Quick, Nutritious Meals” by Nutritionist Pooneh (PJ) Yazdi; “OM Sweet OM Yoga” by Yoga Instructor Tambra Prince; “Fall into Nutrition with Quinoa” by Sodexo Chef Edward Kotar.

Crossfit Liberty Hill will perform at 11 a.m.

11:30-11:50 a.m. breakout sessions feature “Work Doesn’t Have to be a Pain!” by Dr. Jeremy Robillard, DC, ACP; “Planning Quick Nutritious Meals” by Ms. Yazdi; “Emotional Wellness in Families” by Andrea B. Henderson, LPC & Chris Kingsbury, LPC, LMFT; “OM Sweet OM Yoga” by Mrs. Prince; “Healthy Snacks for Kids” by LHHS Culinary Arts.

Courage Cheer and Dance teams will perform at 11:30 a.m. Kids Camp 2 will be from Noon to 1 p.m. in the gym.

Breakout sessions will begin again from 12 Noon to 12:20 p.m. Those topics include: “How to Prevent Cavities” by Mrs. Yazdi; “Fall into Nutrition with Quinoa” by Kotar of Sodexo; and “Injury Prevention for the Youth Athlete” by Tony Lauretta, PT, DPT, OCS.

More breakout sessions follow from 12:30-12:50 p.m. including more healthy snacks for kids; “Not a Dance Class, a Power Hour” by Tonya Simmons of Title Boxing Club.

Performances by YES! Youth Fitness & Sports will be at 12 Noon followed by Victory Martial Arts at 12:30 p.m.

The high school’s Theatre Arts program will perform a skit at 1 p.m.

The keynote address will begin at 1:30 p.m. Guest speaker is John Archibeque, Jr., whose topic is “Liberty Fit: It’s All About Choices,” which is the theme of the health fair.

Archibeque is a Registered Nurse and the Bariatric Surgery Program Coordinator at The Bariatric Center at St. David’s North Austin Medical Center. He is a specialist in the field of weight loss surgery and bariatric care. He is an advocate for the person of size and is involved with PBS & KLRU on the topics of obesity, weight loss and body acceptance. He is a former Professor of Nursing at Austin Community College and speaks to students every semester on the science of bariatrics and the health related concerns that derive from obesity in the United States. He is also a weight loss surgery patient losing 167 pounds and adopted a life of making “Good, Better and Best” choices to stay healthy and fit. He is a marathon runner; tri-athlete and more importantly just a regular guy with a family learning to live a better life.