By Joe Goldeen
Record Staff Writer
Posted Sep. 21, 2014 @ 7:00 pm
MANTECA — Getting people up, out and moving on a late summer Sunday — and competing with pro football on TV — is no easy task, but members of Manteca’s Seventh-day Adventist Church have been doing it for five years now and they’re pleased with the results.
“Today we’re focusing on Let’s Move with a rock climbing wall, obstacle course and ‘Hamster Balls,’ ” said Virgie Patterson-Newman, organizer of Sunday’s Health Fair & Let’s Move Day events at the church, 525 S. Union Road, Manteca.
The Seventh-Day Adventist Church has a long history of promoting wellness, a balanced life and temperance, all leading to a healthier life.
“Today’s event is in conjunction with the faith Let’s Move Initiative national effort started by first lady Michelle Obama to combat childhood obesity within a generation,” Patterson-Newman said.
In addition to the free health screenings, flu shots, Covered California representatives and education booths typical of most health fairs, families were encouraged to bring their kids by eight stations representing the Adventists’ “8 Laws of Health.”
At the “Air” station, Kennisha Reynolds was explaining to 7-year-old Leilani Pallib of Manteca about oxygen.
“It’s a very critical nutrient that our body needs to function,” Reynolds said. “And exercise trains the lungs to expand” to bring in more oxygen.
The other stations touched on subjects such as nutrition, exercise, sunshine, temperance, water and rest. At the “Trust” station, church pastor Bruce Blum told Leilani that Adventists believe trust in God strengthens the immune system and provides peace of mind no matter what state a person is in.
“Our mind, body and spirit are interconnected and affect each other,” Blum said.
Sunday was a big day for 3-year-old Sophia Springer of Manteca — her first haircut. The free trim was courtesy of volunteer students from Toni & Guy Hairdressing Academy. Seven showed up and provided about 40 free haircuts during the fair, according to the academy’s admissions coordinator, Shara Barnes.
“They’re in a 1,600-hour course. It gives them some of their hours by giving back to the community. It’s a great learning event for our students and gives them a real-life experience with clients from all walks of life,” Barnes said.
Sophia’s mom was thrilled with the opportunities at the event.
“It’s awesome what they’re doing. Plus we just got our flu shots,” Beverly Springer said.
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