Embracing the spirit of giving and wellness

Health fairs will return in January

As the crisp air envelops our great state, it’s not just the snowflakes that remind us of the season’s charm, but also the spirit of giving and togetherness. This December, as we observe Safe Toys and Gifts Month, we invite you to join us in reflecting on the choices we make when selecting gifts, not just for children but for adults as well.

Active play and educational value. In a world increasingly dominated by screens, gifting items that encourage active play is more crucial than ever. For children, consider toys that promote physical activity, stimulating their growth and development. For adults, gifts like fitness trackers, yoga mats, or even dance class subscriptions can be both thoughtful and beneficial for their health.

Age-appropriate and trusted. Choosing age-appropriate gifts ensures safety and enhances developmental benefits. Trusted brands known for their quality and safety standards should be your go-to choices.

Beyond material: Gifts of time and thought. In our pursuit of the perfect gift, let’s not forget that the most meaningful presents often aren’t tangible. The gift of time, a thoughtful note, or even a shared experience can be far more significant. This December, let’s embrace the idea of smaller, environmentally responsible gifts—a book that can transport someone to another world, or a handmade item that carries a piece of your heart.

Gifts for those in need. The holiday season is also a time for philanthropy. We encourage you to donate gifts to those experiencing hardship. Your generosity can bring joy to those who need it most and embody the true spirit of the season.

It’s about love. The essence of a gift lies not in its complexity or profundity, but in the simple message of love and care it conveys. Each gift, no matter how small, carries with it a piece of our heart and thought. As we embrace the holiday spirit, let’s cherish the joy of giving and the bonds it strengthens.

Health fairs will resume in 2024. As Alaska Health Fair’s health fair season comes to a close, we extend our deepest gratitude to the hundreds of volunteers, exhibitors, partner organizations, and the thousands of Alaskans who participated. Your support and involvement are the pillars of our existence. While we take our winter break, remember that more health fairs await in the new year. The new event schedule will be published in the first week of January, alongside volunteer and exhibitor opportunities. For those interested in scheduling a community or worksite health fair, spots could still be available. Contact our team at your earliest convenience: Anchorage, 907-278-0234; Fairbanks, 907-374-6853; Juneau, 907-723-5100.

About Alaska Health Fair, Inc.

Alaska Health Fair, Inc. is a nonprofit organization delivering health education and affordable comprehensive blood tests statewide since 1980. Check out our mission, vision, core purpose and health newsletters at http://www.alaskahealthfair.org.