Resources, Education and Empowerment at the Heart of Wellness Fair
June 24, 2014 | Chicago, IL
Threatening rain clouds and high humidity couldn’t put a damper on Erie Neighborhood House’s third annual Wellness Fair in the Little Village community.
With more than 40 vendors and support from city and state human services agencies, the June 20th fair on the 4200 block of W. 25th St. attracted neighborhood families for health screenings, wellness workshops, family activities and more.
This year’s fair took place in block-party fashion, making the event more open and welcoming to passersby and members of the community who might have been previously unfamiliar with Erie’s programs and services. It also allowed more space for outdoor physical activities such as a Zumba routine led by local YMCA staff, pick-up soccer matches, Working Bikes test rides and an inflatable bounce house.
Workshops offered indoors at Erie House’s Little Village center gave participants the opportunity to learn more about a variety of practices that support holistic health and wellness, such as nutrition and stress relief. “Wellness is more than just physical health,” explained Sandy De León, Erie’s Little Village Site Director. “Our programs and services offer a holistic approach around violence prevention, healthy eating, exercise, domestic violence, and cultural identity.”
The fair was sponsored in part by Chicago Housing Authority, the Department of Child and Family Services, the city’s Healthy Chicago initiative and the Violence Prevention Collaborative (VPC). The fair was also part of VPC’s broader Healing the Hood series, a collection of a dozen events distributed throughout the Pilsen and Little Village communities this summer.