Avedis Foundation Health Week has arrived. The multi-day event, designed to promote wellness through a range of activities, caters to all ages.

EDITOR'S NOTE: An in-depth look at a diverse health event designed to support wellness within the community. The free festivities are crafted to draw area residents of all ages.

Avedis Foundation Health Week has arrived. The multi-day event, designed to promote wellness through a range of activities, caters to all ages.

Saturday’s free exercise classes kicked off the affair. Activities for seasoned and aspiring cyclists and golfers are next.

The May 25, 9-11 a.m. bike ride starts at Woodland Park. May 26, community members can learn to play golf at Shawnee Country Club, from noon to 4 p.m.

In the heart of health week is May 27’s Krazy Kids Day, located at Shawnee’s Boy Scout Park. Organizer John Ayers shared insight to the 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. event.

“We’re going to have all sorts of games for kids,” he said.

A sample of games includes an obstacle course, inflatables, a sack race, a zip line, a dunk tank and a rock-climbing wall.

“We’re giving out gifts, all day long,” Ayers added, noting attendees will have a chance to win a summer pass to Shawnee Splash.

The first 100 youth will win a T-shirt. The artwork of Jessie Martin, student at Shawnee Public Schools, was recently selected as the T-shirt design. Ayers said Martin’s work was chosen for its depiction of the scheduled activities.

A May 28 senior stroll will have feet moving, 10-11 a.m., starting at Heritage Church on Bryan Street. That day’s events continue with a community dog walk.

Paws in the Park begins at 7 p.m. at the Heart of Oklahoma Exposition Center’s dog park. Khara Criswell, head trainer at The Doggie Spot, said the event allows people to do something different.

“A lot of people have pets. Sometimes just getting out and walking with them gives people a change of attitude,” she explained, adding dog walking can help decrease stress.

The walk, projected to end around 8:30 p.m., will utilize part of the airport trail.

“It’s two miles,” Criswell said. “It’s not timed, so you can go at your own pace.”

The free event permits one dog per registrant and requires dogs remain on a leash. Free dog leashes will be made available and water bowls will be peppered along the path.

“And we’ll have a couple little pools for the dogs,” Ayers said. “We’ll also have treats, gift baskets and prizes given away.”

To register and read event rules, visit www.thedoggiespot.com. The registration form is located near the bottom of the website’s home page and must be completed by May 26.

Avedis Foundation Health Week resumes and concludes with a May 30 bang.

Community members can learn to play tennis, 9 a.m. to noon, at Shawnee Country Club. Overlapping with court recreation are nutritional demonstrations. Restaurant professionals and health experts will speak at Harvest Creek Farms, on the hour, every hour, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The nighttime Glow Run acts as the finale. Participants are encouraged to show up to the event, located at the Heart of Oklahoma Exposition Center, decorated, though paint will be available.

“If they want to glow paint their face, we’ll have the stuff for them to do that,” Ayers said, adding prizes will be awarded to the brightest and best attire.

A disc jockey, black lights and food will amplify the evening.

“It’s real upbeat and fun. It’s just going to be a big party atmosphere,” Ayers explained. “Because with all the glow stuff, it just says silliness. That’s going to be the goal.”

The 5K entry fee is now $25. Awards will be given to the top three males and females in 14 different age groups. The cost for the 9 p.m. 5K includes a T-shirt.

“The family fun run is free and that’s like a mile,” Ayers said, noting the 9:05 p.m. fun run includes a T-shirt while supplies last.

Participants are encouraged to start arriving around 8 p.m. To register, visit www.yellowcheetah.com/avedisglowrun.

For more information on Avedis Foundation Health Week activities, visit www.facebook.com/avedishealthweek.

The foundation said its vision is to improve the health, wellness and quality of life for the people of Pottawatomie County and its surrounding communities.