Howard health the focus of two weekend events

Howard County residents have two opportunities this weekend to attend events geared toward improving their health and well-being.

On Saturday, June 1, from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at Howard High School in Ellicott City, County Councilmember Calvin Ball holds his fifth annual Men's Health and FitnessFest.

In partnership with Howard County General Hospital, Ellicott City Karate and Fitness and Howard County Spine and Sports Rehabilitation, the event includes a variety of free health screenings.

Attendees can also train and engage with fitness and health professionals at the event, the goal of which is to increase awareness of ongoing men's health issues and provide prevention and detection opportunities for residents. Multiple opportunities and resources will be available for attendees who wish to improve their health.

The Omega Psi Phi fraternity will also be hosting a community blood drive at Howard High from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. during Ball's event.

Later in the weekend is the Howard County Family Wellness Day, Sunday, June 2 from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. at Centennial Park off Route 108 in Ellicott City.

The event, coordinated by We Promote Health, a local nonprofit, will include outdoor physical activities, health screenings and health lessons. The event also includes the second annual "2 Hands-For-Life Pump-A-Thon" at 1 p.m. and the fourth annual School Mascot Challenge at 1:30 p.m.

Warm-up and stretching activities start at 9:30 a.m.

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