Beaches-area Rotary groups partner for second annual ‘Beaches Health Jam’


The Carver Center in Jacksonville Beach will once again serve as the location of the “Beaches Health Jam” on Saturday, Aug. 5 from 3 to 6 p.m. The event, founded in 2016 by the Rotary Club of Jacksonville – Oceanside, brings together area health and healthy lifestyle organizations for an afternoon of fun.

Other area Rotary Clubs have joined together to lead the event, including Rotary Club of Ponte Vedra Beach, Rotary Club of Ponte Vedra Beach Sunset, the Beaches and UNF Rotaract Clubs and Fletcher Interact. Twenty-six other organizations have joined in the event, which brought out over 500 people in its first year.

“We are so thrilled to have diverse groups and organizations participating,” said Cathy Hagan, the 2017 event chair. “From bike safety with Velofix to Zumba with Shakin’ with Shay, and several health organizations providing screenings and information, everyone in the community will benefit from stopping by.”

One of the main goals of the creation of the event was to bring the St. Vincent’s Mobile Health Unit to the beach.

“Rotary Clubs across our area worked hard to fund the Health Unit, and we wanted to find the opportunity to bring this great service to our beaches community,” said Mary Stutts, president of the Jacksonville Oceanside Rotary Club. “We are so glad to be going in to a second year of successfully bringing this and dozens of other great health resources and information right to the heart of the beaches.”

The event is designed for all ages, but several activities will be geared towards getting kids active, including a bouncy obstacle course, a kickball tournament and other games and activities led by the Rotaract and Interact clubs.