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JOHNSTOWN, Pa. – More than 30 providers gathered Saturday at Greater Johnstown High School for the first-ever The Wellness Isn’t Scary Health Fair.

According to Cambria County Health and Wellness Council Second Vice President Katie Mullins, the council decided to host an event this year as a way to help area families and connect them with physical and mental health resources.

“They are doing interactive things on the floor and then we have workshops that are in the classrooms,” he said. “We have a mental health classroom, we have a children’s classroom, and we have a chiropractor here, just to show health safety.”

During the event, the children were able to trick or treat at the booths.

The event also featured free COVID-19 testing and vaccinations.

According to Mullins, there was also a dental hygienist to check attendees’ teeth and make referrals.

Planning for the event began in June.

“So we didn’t have a lot of time to put it together, which is surprising that they did it so well,” Mullins said.

Attendees had the opportunity to win $100 gift card prizes to 814 Lanes and Windber Chiropractic for visiting all vendor booths and a sack lunch was made available thanks to donations received from sponsorships.

According to Mullins, any additional funding will go to the Suicide Prevention Task Force for its initiatives by 2023.

Katie Smolen is a reporter for The Tribune-Democrat. Follow her on Twitter @KSmolen1230.

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