Local doctors bring health-related elements together for fair

Wellness, as Dr. Mike Weiss of Spring Lake defines it, is "all-inclusive health.' Bringing all of the elements together was behind a Community Wellness Day that Weiss and fellow local chiropractor, Dr. Matt Dirkse, organized for Saturday afternoon in downtown Grand Haven.
Mark Brooky
Oct 17, 2011

“We focus on wellness with all of our practice members,” Weiss said. “And one of the things that was really missing in this community is an event that kind of brings it all together — financial wellness, health wellness, public safety information, environmental awareness, that type of thing.”

Weiss of Weiss Chiropractic Wellness in Spring Lake; and Dirkse of Healthzone Chiropractic in Grand Haven, spearheaded the three-hour fair at Covenant Life Church. The church donated the space and, while admission was free, any proceeds received were earmarked for Spread the Music Foundation.

Lew Russ, director of Spread the Music Foundation, lined up the live entertainment for the fair. He’s also a proponent of a healthy lifestyle.

“In the winter time, instead of being cooped up in the house, get out and get active,” Russ said.

To see more photos from the event, click here.

Paige Riopelle of Grand Haven brought her daughter, Megan, to the fair. Eight-year-old Megan loved the bounce house, and sampled some of the herb and vitamin drinks at the Health Hutt booth with her mom and aunt — but it was the puppies at the Pound Buddies adoption service booth she liked the best.

Paige said she was surprised with the taste of the flax oil, fish oil and magnesium palm drinks from the local health store. “They were actually very good,” she said.

Dirkse said area residents need to be reminded of the area’s opportunities for exercise and health.

“Our community has given us so much that we really wanted to help educate the community on what wellness is,” he explained, “and to bring all of these wellness-oriented programs and businesses together so that we can help make our community healthier.”

Dirkse said they plan to make the Community Wellness Day an annual event, hoping to double it in size next year and eventually “make it the largest event of its kind in West Michigan.”

“And we know this health care crisis we’re in won’t be solved in Washington,” Weiss added. “We believe it’s going to be solved in communities like ours through education and awareness.”

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