Shop Local at the SHS Holiday Mart

Holiday Mart (1) (Custom)With the holiday season just around the corner, Swope Health Services is offering a way to help you get ahead of the shopping rush.

This year, the annual SHS Holiday Mart moves to November!

The Holiday Mart runs from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, in the activity rooms in Building C at SHS Central. The event is free and open to the public.

The activity rooms are transformed into a retail extravaganza, packed with tables featuring local shops, crafts and artists.

You’ll find clothing, jewelry, books, accessories, artwork, furnishings – and more. Last year’s Holiday Mart also included beauty products, handbags, food items and home decorations.

The event raises money by charging a $30 fee for local area retailers to set up shop in the Mart.

Holiday Mart (2) (Custom)“This entire event serves a purpose beyond shopping and getting ready for the holidays,” said Sonya Bolden-Oakley, Supervisor, Adult Day Program in the Community Psychiatric Rehabilitation Program.

“All proceeds from the event go directly to the Day Program. This event makes it possible for us to provide a Holiday party and small gifts for our clients.”

The Day Program offers a range of group activities for adults, ranging from learning gardening skills to cooking programs and art activities.

The program serves 78 adults, Monday through Friday, teaching them coping and communications skills, while also helping them build teamwork through everyday activities.

Participants often share personal experiences and provide support to each other through the program.

Shop LunchThis year, participants in the art activities will offer items for sale, including unique painted furniture and other decorative arts.

Our 2018 Holiday Mart retailers include Micah’s Boutique, Final Touch Jewelry & Accessories, Shining Stars/Paparazzi Accessories, Heels On Wheels, Jewels Boutique and Hand Decorated Christmas Ornaments.  There are more to come, said Sonya.

If you’d like to participate as a vendor in the Holiday Mart, contact Sonya Bolden-Oakley, 816-599-5263 or

Join Us for Health and Wellness Day at the T-Bones on Sunday, June 3

YogaonFieldYou’re invited to join Swope Health Services at “Health and Wellness Day” at the T-Bones on Sunday, June 3.

The doors open at 10 a.m. at the T-Bones Stadium at 1800 Village West Parkway in Kansas City, KS, for a day of family fun and fitness.

SHS will host an information table at the stadium, and dozens of SHS associates will be on hand.

At 11 a.m., you can take to the field to participate in “Yoga on the Field,” a guided Yoga lesson for all levels, brought to you by MYyogaKC.

Following the yoga session, kids can play catch on the field with T-Bones players just before the start of the game. The T-Bones will play the Kansas Wingnuts starting at 1:05 p.m.

Immediately after the game, kids return to the field to run the bases.

“The T-Bones and SHS are partnering to make this a ‘Fun, Well-Done’ event,” said Scott Steckly, T-Bones vice president of corporate sales. “The day combines healthy lifestyles with baseball fun, making it the perfect outing for our community.”

The T-Bones are Kansas City’s independent professional baseball team, part of the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball. Parking at the stadium is free. Ticket prices range from $6.50 each for general admission to $16 each for prime seats. Tickets purchased on game day incur an extra $2 fee so get your tickets early on the T-Bones website.

We hope you’ll join us!

Join Us This Saturday: Let’s Move!

5krun-partyLooking for a little family fun this weekend?

You’re invited to join the 2018 Family 101 5K Walk/Run/Bike Community Block Party and Health Fair.

The event is Saturday, May 19, at the New Bethel Church, 745 Walker Ave., Kansas City, KS, 66101.

Here is the line-up for the day’s activities:

  • 8 a.m.: Start of the Family 101 Walk/Run/Bike 5k, at the New Bethel Church.This is an event for everyone, whether you want to set a new personal record or simply take a stroll.The Walk/Run route follows the Jersey Creek Trail in Kansas City, KS. There is a separate pair of courses for cyclists, a short route for novice bicyclists and a longer route for experienced cyclists. The event also offers a one-mile walking route. Families and teams are welcome! There is no fee for entry for individuals age 18 and under.
  • 9 a.m.: Start of the Health Fair, with booths provided by sponsors including Swope Health Services, Shawnee Mission Medical Center, United Healthcare, the Community Health Council of Wyandotte County, the YMCA and Sunflower Health Plan.
  • 10 a.m.: Start of the kid’s dash and Community Block Party.

The theme for the all-day celebration is “Let’s Move, Wyco” as a reminder of the health benefits of walking. The event encourages community unity while promoting use of the renovated Jersey Creek Trail, one of the largest greenways in Wyandotte County.

babyto1logoThe Family 101 Health Fair puts a focus on infant health with an initiative called “Every Baby to 1.” The initiative promotes the “3S” approach of Safe Sleep, Safe Space and Social Support to reduce the risk of Sudden Unexpected Infant Death.

According to the initiative, there were nearly 4,000 sudden unexpected infant deaths in the U.S. in 2015, and 25 percent of these were due to unsafe sleep practices. One in three sudden infant deaths in Wyandotte County are the result of unsafe sleep.

This is the fifth year for the Block Party. In previous years, more than 60 vendors and sponsors have supported the event, which has drawn more than 500 participants.

The annual event is hosted by the NBC Community Development Corp., which is the outreach arm of the New Bethel Church. A not-for-profit organization, NBC Community Development works on a range of projects to provide services to Wyandotte County residents.

We look forward to seeing you at the event.

Join SHS for These May Events!

SHS Block PartyTime to get out your calendars! We’d love you to join us for these upcoming events.

Saturday, May 5: Swope Health Services Block Party. Here is the lineup of activities:

  • The event kicks off at 9 a.m. with registration for the Family Fun Walk, at the newly refurbished Spirit of Freedom Fountain at 3801 Emanuel Cleaver II Boulevard. Parking is available at the Brush Creek Community Center. At 9:30 a.m., join in a warm-up exercise led by a fitness coach, at the fountain. The Walk starts at 10 a.m.
  • 10 a.m.: The Mental Health & Wellness Block Party ramps up at Swope Health Central, 3801 Blue Parkway, with parking available at the Mazuma Credit Union Building. The party includes a live broadcast and music by KPRS 103.3 Hot Jamz, raffles, a performance by Battery Tour. Food trucks will be offering items for sale. If the weather turns rainy, the event will be held inside Swope Health Services’ Community Rooms located on the east side of the complex.
  • You’ll have a chance to connect with local community resources: SHS will host intervention workshops to share coping techniques and discuss co-occurring disorders; Cornerstones of Care will provide relationship education; Aim4Peace will offer haircuts for boys and lead exercises in developing personal resilience; and Kansas City Parks & Recreation will share information on its new KC Life X program and its summer youth programs.

Friday, May 11: Open House at Swope Health Services OB-GYN and Pediatric Clinics

  • Join us for a brief opening ceremony at 8 a.m., followed by tours of the newly renovated clinics where you can meet SHS staff and providers. This event is at SHS Central, 3801 Blue Parkway, Kansas City, MO 64130. A continental breakfast will be served.