Hundreds ‘Come Together’ for Friends & Family event

At left, Allyson Grossinger of Mayer traverses an obstacle course in the “Youth in Motion Center” presented by Ridgeview Rehab Specialties. The center encouraged children to be active. (Patriot photos by Todd Moen)

More than 550 people attended the 10th annual Ridgeview Friends & Family “Come Together” hosted by Safari Island Community Center in Waconia on Saturday, March 22.
“Come Together” was designed by Ridgeview Foundation’s Friends & Family Committee to promote the health, wellness and safety of people in the service area of Ridgeview Medical Center and Clinics.
The event featured exhibitors and activities, and performances by Safari Island’s Zumba class, the Waconia Lakettes, Waconia Lacrosse Association and Waconia High School Lacrosse, and Laketown Gymnastics. Guests were invited to have a “tropical photo” taken as a keepsake.
Attendees were provided information from 48 exhibitors about topics that included active aging, blood typing, bullying, breast health, cancer care, car seat safety, childhood and teen years, fire safety, emergency preparedness, family planning, first aid and CPR, fitness, heart health, hospice care, identity theft and personal safety, infection control, life coaching, memory care and mental health, nutrition, recycling, senior services, sleep disorders, substance abuse and prevention, and many others.
Complimentary blood pressure readings and chair massages were provided. Children learned the importance of physical activity in the Youth in Motion Center, which included a warm-up and cool-down area, and an obstacle course led by Ridgeview Rehab Specialties.
More than 25 volunteers helped make this Ridgeview event a fun, educational day.