The Stamford Hospital Health, Wellness & Sports Expo drew thousands to Chelsea Piers Connecticut over the weekend.
“The event is all about empowering the community to take charge of their health,” says event organizer Tammi Ketler of TMK Sports. “The more you know, the better you can take care of your health.”
“We all have such busy and such active lives that sometimes we neglect our own health and while intentions are good, this is an entire weekend that just focuses on being healthy, how to get healthy, and all those programs and services that you might need to really help support that,” says Vicki Hoffman of Stamford Hospital.
Organizers says more than 75 exhibitors were at the annual event, which featured healthy cooking demonstrations, fitness demos, and free health screenings.
“I did a couple of demos, a smoothie demo, a pasta salad, so I could show people how easy it is to quickly put together these healthy foods for the family,” says Jamie McIntyre, Registered Dietitian at Grade A Shoprite.
“We’re also doing health screenings here for blood pressure, glucose, cholesterol, cardiac stroke risk assessments, hand hygiene, skin facial analysis, to help again just raise awareness,” says Hoffman.
Proceeds from the event will benefit the Food Bank of Lower Fairfield County.
“This event is incredibly important every year because it gets the word out that there are people right here in this community who are going hungry and who are missing meals,” says Kate Lombardo, Executive Director of the Food Bank of Lower Fairfield County.
“Last year we collected over 600 pounds of food,” says Ketler. “We already surpassed that number the first day so how great is that; and we’re hoping to raise this year, a good 5,000 dollars. ”