If you have resolved to live a healthier life this year, you will find plenty of inspiration and support at The Back to Health . . . For Good 2012 fair, coming up on Jan. 14 at the Mission Leisure Centre.
Want to try skating, or zula dancing, find a support group, or sign up the kids or yourself for sports teams?
Try them out for free, along with swimming, skating and other leisure centre programs during the event.
Along with the free programs, the health fair features at least 45 groups whose members will offer presentations and demonstrations in a broad range of physical and mental health areas.
Presented jointly by Fraser Health and Mission's Healthy Community Council, this second annual event has something for people of all ages and abilities to enjoy healthy lifestyles.
People can meet health experts and get educated on how to live better.
"The point is to get Mission healthier," said Tracey Takahashi, an administrative assistant at the District of Mission and a co-ordinator for the fair.
"People can find out what resources are available to them, get questions answered about certain areas of their health, and use the facility that day for free."
If you have wanted to try Pilates, yoga, weight training, low impact exercise, or high-energy fitness dancing that includes zula dance, salsa and Latin steps, you're invited.
For young children there will be a Kidzone, toddler parachute games and more in the gym.
The local minor sports associations - hockey, soccer, lacrosse and others - will be there answer questions and to register kids.
Figure and speed skating club members will demonstrate their moves and will be happy to teach you some techniques on the ice.
The B.C. Lung Association will have help for people who want to quit smoking.
There will be a flu clinic, a networking room for exhibitors and a food focused exhibit room.
To reach a broad spectrum of Mission residents, 500 free bus passes will be distributed by committee member groups, including Fraser House, Union Gospel Mission, Mission Community Services Society, Mission Friendship Centre, Fraser Valley Aboriginal and Family Children Services, Mission Public Health Unit, Mission Mental Health, Mission Association for Community Living, Mission Public Schools and others.
If you want to pass on the habit of good health, the Patient Voices Network will offer free peer coaching classes, and is also looking for volunteers to help during the fair.
To find out more about these classes, contact Bev Bakka at bbakka@ patientvoices.ca or at 604-742-1772, or visit www.patientvoices.ca.
And once the first blush of New Year's resolutions have faded, the leisure centre will help you keep your resolve with its Spring into Motion fitness challenge, starting in February.
The Back to Health fair runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Jan. 14.
In you're interested in volunteering at the health fair, or want more information about the events, drop by the Leisure Centre at 7650 Grand St., Mission, see www.mission.ca, call 604-820-3700 or 604-820-5350.