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Family Wellness Expo draws record crowd

1/31/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

Shown are children with JCC Early Childhood teacher Lisa Pesantez and volunteer Adam Rosen playing a game about healthy eating at the Expo.
Photos courtesy of the Shaw Jewish Community Center
WEST AKRON — The Shaw Jewish Community Center (JCC) hosted the second annual Family Wellness Expo Jan. 20, and JCC officials estimate more than 3,000 people attended the noon to 4 p.m. event, nearly tripling the attendance of last year’s event.

Families explored wellness through interactive activities at nearly 50 booths presented by nonprofit and for-profit organizations from the Akron area and throughout Summit County, according to JCC officials.

Jared Fogle, national SUBWAY spokesman, showed off the pants he wore as a 425-pound man.
Children learned about Go, Slow and Whoa foods, as well as healthy snacking with the Shaw JCC’s Early Childhood Department. Summa Health System offered physical activity with an exercise wheel, and Guardians Advocating Child Safety and Protection made more than 100 identification kits, according to JCC officials.

Educational, environmental and medical elements of wellness also played a large role in the day’s activities, according to JCC officials.

Jared Fogle, national SUBWAY spokesman, was a highlight of the event. Visitors had the opportunity to meet Fogle and check out the pants he wore as a 425-pound man.

Attendees also enjoyed special stage shows performed throughout the day. Sid the Science Kid performed on stage with David Palomo, of Music Together®, as the children danced and sang along, and ETC School of Musical Arts entertained the crowd with performances.

“We were thrilled with the turnout and are grateful to our sponsors and partners for their commitment to wellness in our community,” said Todd Rockoff, executive director for the Shaw JCC. “The Shaw JCC is looking ahead to the third annual Family Wellness Expo as we work to continue delivering the message that wellness is fun and for the entire family.”

The Expo was made possible through the support of the following sponsors: Shaw JCC of Akron, Summa Health System, Rubber City Radio Group, Akron Aeros, Leader Publications, Western Reserve PBS, White Hat Management, Bruegger’s Bagels and Jewish Family Service.

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