After months of planning and over 70 hours of preparation, I will finally breathe a sigh of relief on Saturday, Sept. 27. I am a senior at Oley Valley High School and I want to let teens throughout Berks know that I am holding a Teen Wellness Fair on that day. Organizing this fair is my Girl Scout Gold Award project which is equivalent to the Eagle Scout award for Boy Scouts, and I want it to be a tremendous success. Good health has always been important to me, and I want to provide you with a variety of health information in one place, and I want to make it fun. This wellness fair will only be a success however, if you, the teens of Berks county, attend.If you want health information that you might not have learned at school, this is the place for you to be. There will be half-hour presentations running constantly throughout the day, and a cafeteria full of health information booths if none of the presentations pique your interest. You can also try out the new Wii Fit, which is a great way to get exercise. The more presentations you participate in, the more chances you have to win fabulous door prizes.

Valhalla Health Club and Body Zone each donated month-long memberships for one lucky winner and a friend. A healthy snack basket full of tasty treats is also on the list of things to win, along with an SAT study kit, a "Pamper Yourself" basket, a healthy cooking starter set, and others!

The following volunteers are giving up their Saturday on Sept. 27 so that you can learn what you may not know. Christine Bucher from the Reading Hospital has a nutrition presentation with free food samples! Nicole Nauman of Planned Parenthood wants to help protect teens and their partners. Susan O'Boyle is an SAT Prep Instructor from Penn State Berks and she will answer questions and offer advice regarding the large test. Rod McGrath from East-West Massage School will teach you how to use massage techniques at home to relax yourself. Karen Nein is the Peaceworks coordinator at Berks Women in Crisis and she will explain the facts about teen relationships. Alan and Cindy Chmelewski are yoga enthusiasts who will be holding two half hour classes FOR FREE at this fair. Barb Bieber from the American Cancer Society will tell you what you can do now, to prevent cancer later in life. Finally, Todd Grube is dedicated to martial arts training for mental and physical health rather than for combat, and he will share his craft in a morning and afternoon session.

As you can see, this event will be different the health classes at school, so come out and join the fun! The Teen Wellness Fair is being held at the Oley Valley Middle School (3247 Friedensburg Rd. in Oley). It is open to all Berks County teens, but parents are welcome as well. You can stop in anytime between 9 AM and 4 PM and participate in these entertaining presentations. The best part is that this event is FREE, but ONLY if you pre-register. All you have to do is email and include your name, phone, number, and any questions you may have. If you don't pre-register, the door charge is $1, so please let me know if you are coming.

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