The weather is gorgeous, and this weekend has an abundance of wholesome, healthy activities, including an island wellness fair and the Turtle Trek beach run.
First up: Wellness Fair on the IOP
You can get the weekend off to a great start this Friday.
The Isle of Palms has an annual event to help you along the path of good health and wellbeing. It’s the IOP Community Wellness Fair, a partnership of the City of IOP, East Cooper Medical Center and Harris-Teeter.
The Wellness Fair will happen this Friday morning, September 21st, from 7:00 – 11:00 a.m. The venue: the IOP Rec Center, right in the middle of the Isle, at #24 28th Avenue.
ECMC staff will be onsite offering free cholesterol screening blood work. You’re asked to fast for 12 hours before the blood work and to drink a lot of water ahead of time. Also, call (843) 884-7031 to make an appointment for a specific time. They’ll supply food and beverages for you after you take the test.
Delta Pharmacy, located on the IOP across the street from Harris-Teeter, will offer flu shots. They’ll be free if you show an insurance or Medicare card.
You can also consult with more than 20 health professionals, specialists and wellness resource people. They’ll be offering information, freebies and concrete steps to a healthier, happier you.
This fair is open to the public – not just locals but also visitors. Read more on the IOP’s website. You can also call 843-886-8294 for more information.
It’s Turtle Trek Time!
Also back again this year is the SC Aquarium’s fun beach run, the Turtle Trek. Called “a 5K Sunset Beach Run and Kids’ Fun Run,” it will benefit sea turtles and the Aquarium’s newly renovated Sea Turtle Care Center.
Here’s a fun fact: at last count, the Turtle Hospital has rehabilitated and released 274 sea turtles back into the wild.
Turtle Trek is happening this Saturday, September 22nd.
Here are the stats:
- Location: IOP County Park, site of many of the Aquarium’s sea turtle releases; it’s located at the base of the Connector, at 1 14th Avenue;
- The event lasts from 3:30 – 8:30 p.m.;
- Registration fee includes race entry, technical T-shirt, and after party access at The Windjammer;
- After Party will have awards, free food for all runners, raffle with prizes, and live music.
New this year, they are inviting “remote runners” to participate from afar. Here’s what they say:
“We invite ‘Remote Runners’ to join us in support of the sea turtles! Run the 5k in your own city, share your pics and race time using #turtletrek! Remote Runners will receive a mailed race t-shirt and race bib.”
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