Saturday, January 25, 2020

Many of us will face the New Year with the same resolution: get healthier. Fortunately, there are abundant resources to help, and the Fond du Lac Public Library is gathering them under one roof at the Wellness Expo from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25. The expo is free; no registration required.

The expo will feature information booths, tests, demonstrations and a handful of free programs, including:

  • 10 a.m: Share Your Spare: Live Kidney Donation. Two donors, Tracy Abler and Paul Osterholm, and their recipients, Ger Xiong and Nicole Braatz, will share their remarkable and moving stories of live kidney donation. Carol Hay, community outreach coordinator with UW Organ and Tissue Donation and a kidney recipient herself, will share information about donation. Interested attendees with a driver’s license or state identification can sign up for the Wisconsin donor registry. With plenty of time for questions. No registration.
  • 11 a.m.: Tae Kwon Do demonstration presented by Cho’s Black Belt Academy. No registration.
  • 11:30 a.m.: Gentle Yoga. Instructor Wendy Petak will take participants through easy movements. Wear comfy clothing and bring a yoga mat or towel for the floor. For adults and teens 13 and older. Space is limited; registration begins at 9:30 a.m. Sat Jan 11 at the Calendar.
  • Noon: Intro to Meditation. Certified instructor Sigrun Columbia-Navis will help participants discover how meditation can help create a sense of peace and calm. Columbia-Navis has taught yoga and meditation for 20 years. For adults and teens 13 and older. Space is limited; registration begins at 9:30 a.m. Sat Jan 11, at the Calendar.

Expo booths will be offering loads of information, contacts and helpful advice; they are:

  • Agnesian HealthCare: Learn about the importance of sleep, with display of products that enhance a good night’s sleep.
  • FDL County Health Department: Information on the services they provide, including blood pressure screenings, immunizations, pregnancy testing, sexually transmitted disease testing and treatment, well-water testing, radon testing, medical loan closet, Save A Smile Dental Program and Woman Infants and Children (WIC) Program.
  • FDL Senior Center: Information on myriad programs and activities for persons 50 and older.
  • Marian University: Free blood pressure checks and information on heart disease, maintaining healthy weight and active lifestyle.
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness FDL affiliate: Information on empowering persons affected by mental illness and reducing stigma through support, education and outreach.
  • Parks and Recreation: Information on the FDL Community Aquatic Center and Taylor Park Pool.
  • Tobacco Free Living Fond du Lac: Information on the vaping epidemic and kicking nicotine addiction.
  • UW Extension FDL County: Information on educational programs that aim to build stronger communities; food safety, security and health; resilient and productive environments; and thriving youth, families and communities.
  • YMCA: Information on initiatives such as Livestrong, cardiac rehab, diabetes prevention and the Healthy Living Program; and youth development programs such as swim lessons, youth sports, gymnastics and youth in government.

The Fond du Lac Public Library supports a high quality of life in Fond du Lac through reading, lifelong learning and community involvement. There are two locations: the Main Library downtown at 32 Sheboygan St., and FDLPL Express near Festival Foods at Highways 23 and 151. For more information, visit