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NEWBERRY — Combining the efforts of health and good fun, the Newberry County Memorial Hospital’s Wellness Center is putting on their 10th annual Wellness Weekend on April 18-19.

Events to promote health and wellness will be held on Friday from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Wellness Center. Free wellness screening services such as body composition tests will be given to the public.

“That’s kind of like our big kick-off event,” said Benn Pratt, exercise physiologist at the Wellness Center and event co-coordinator.

Healthy snacks will also be provided during that time.

The Run For Your Life 5k Run and two mile walk will begin Saturday, April 19 at 8:30 a.m. Pratt said the 5K is for those that wish to run, but there is a two mile walk option for other participants.

Participants can register up until the day of the event, however Pratt said early registration is $12 for the walk, and $25 for the 5K. T-shirts are also a part of early registration, but cannot be received the day of the race for late registration.

Later registration is $16 for walkers, and $35 to run in the 5K.

A junior jog will take place after the race on Saturday for children to have the chance to participate.

“It’s just a small course we have set up for them,” Pratt said.

The age group categories for the junior jog are under six years old, seven to nine years old, and 10 to 12 years old.

At about 10 a.m., Pratt said there will also be an Easter Egg hunt for children who wish to join in.

As an Exercise Physiologist, Pratt said he completes assessments with people when they join the gym at the Wellness Center, helping them become orientated with the different types of equipment that they offer.

Other job duties Pratt has include helping gym members with finding exercise routines that work within their lifestyles, as well as answering health and fitness questions.

So what is Pratt’s advice for those considering the wellness walk this weekend?

“Just get out there and move,” he said. “It’s not a strenuous thing, and is as simple as walking.”

Pratt believes events such as these are good for the community because it brings like-minded people together participating for the same goal.

“They can feed off of each other’s energy,” Pratt said.

To register prior to the day of the race, participants can visit www.strictlyrunning.com and find the link, follow the link on NCMH’s website, or stop by the Wellness Center. Their hours are Monday through Thursday from 6 a.m.-8 p.m., Fridays from 6 a.m.-6:30 p.m., and Saturdays from 8 a.m.-12 p.m.

Over 100 people have registered to take part in this weekend’s events so far, but Pratt said he hopes more will come out to participate.

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