The second annual wellness fair was held recently at Belair Academy in the Pine Bluff School District.


What’s Next Pine Bluff, in partnership with the Ambassadors for Christ, sponsored the event that was open to Belair students, parents, district faculty and staff as well as the community.


“The wellness event fulfilled its goal to foster awareness of health-related issues and to inform those in attendance about the wide variety of other services that are available for their benefit,” according to a news release.


“The reason we held the fair at Belair Academy was because, What’s Next Pine Bluff and the Ambassadors for Christ organization takes pride in working diligently to serve the city of Pine Bluff by working with its most under-served youth,” said Nathaniel D. Baker, What’s Next Pine Bluff executive director. “Our goal is to bridge the gap in order to let Belair students know that they are important and valued in the community of Pine Bluff.”


Vendors distributed information, goody bags and other items to each attendee who visited their booths. Belair Academy students were given writing assignments that included giving a class report about what they learned from the vendors, according to the release.


Winners of the writing assignments were Tynasia Parks, Dekota Hill, Adrian Graydon and Dion Griffin.


“I think it was a really good wellness fair because it gave us an opportunity to talk to the people in person and learn about things we didn’t know that will help us out in the future,” Parks said.


Twenty-two organizations were present. Arkansas Rehabilitation Services was among vendors.


“The Arkansas Rehabilitation Services’ mission is to help prepare Arkansans with disabilities the opportunity to work and lead productive, independent lives,” spokeswoman Latasha Carlock said. “We appreciate the opportunity to come out and provide information about the services we offer.”


This year’s health fair partners/vendors included University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff 4-H, ACCESS, Kool Smile Dentistry, CASA Women’s Shelter, Reform Transitional Independent Youth, Girl Scouts Diamonds Council of Arkansas at Little Rock, career education, Youth Challenge, Nurse Family Partnership Harbor City Health & Wellness, American Red Cross, Children’s Advocacy Center, Community Empowerment Council, drug and alcohol awareness, Jefferson Comprehensive Care System, Hope Pregnancy Center, TOPPS, Southeast Arkansas College, Jefferson Regional Medical Center Wellness Center, Arkansas Department of Health and the Turning Point.