COPPERAS COVE, Texas (KWTX) For the first time, you don't have to be a city employee to get invited to Copperas Cove's Health Fair.
The fair is being opened up to residents so that everyone can share in tips and information to build a healthier life.
The fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Wednesday at the Copperas Cove Civic Center.
Baylor Scott & White will be on-site accepting blood donations until 12:30 p.m.
Although the event is still being held during the workday, the city hopes to attract a crowd.
"Historically this has been an event for the city employees, so we put it on the weekday, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. as an opportunity for the employees to come who are able throughout the day," says city spokesperson Kevin Keller.
"This year, just several weeks ago, we decided to open it up to the community, so we'll be glad to see what kind of feedback we get."
Previously, the fair was held on Valentine's Day, and although it's been bumped up to the day before, it's still taking place during Heart Health Month.
It will include opportunities to learn about cardiovascular health.
Thirty vendors will be on hand with tips on physical, mental and financial health.
Copperas Cove's Chief of Police heads up the Wellness Committee that is putting on the event.
"There is a lot of resources in the area of health and wellness in the community that our employees, as well as city citizens, aren't even aware of," says Chief Eddie Wilson.
"We have employees come all the time and say, 'wow I didn't know they were part of our community- I didn't know I had that resource available to me," he adds.
"By coming to the health fair and interacting, they are picking up on a lot of things that they can add on to their lives to help improve their wellness."