Hundreds from community learn value of living well

His yo-yos spinning and twisting and bouncing and jumping, yo-yo master and world record holder Dave Schulte dazzled dozens with a presentation of tricks and a demonstration of fun physical activity Jan. 26.

Limber folks lined up to sample some yoga during the Jan. 26 Community Wellness Day event. Photo by Sue Austreng

Limber folks lined up to sample some yoga during the Jan. 26 Community Wellness Day event. Photo by Sue Austreng

Schulte was one of the featured attractions during Community Wellness Day, staged at Roosevelt Middle School and offered free of charge Saturday.

In addition to Schulte’s yo-yo performance, dozens of local exhibitors set up shop, offering free stress tests, blood sugar and cholesterol screenings and tips for healthy eating, ways to incorporate physical activity into daily tasks and giving away tools and tidbits to make that happen.

Educational opportunities were also available, including lessons on eating fast without fast food, sampling family fitness activities, trying a few yoga poses and examining why diets don’t work.

To exercise the mind, a family book swap was offered, with hundreds of books laid out on tables set up in the gymnasium.

To get their bodies in motion, families attending Community Wellness Day could spend some time in the upper gymnasium, playing some games or bouncing in the giant inflatable castle. A belly dancing demonstration introduced families to yet another avenue toward creative activity. And at day’s end free family swimming was offered in Roosevelt’s swimming pool.

“There was something for everyone and this was such a fun day,” said Ann Nussbaum, of Northwind Lung and Sleep Center, smiling as kids of all ages toured exhibits in the upper gym and then made their way to the lower gym and to classrooms for more activities.

Community Wellness Day is an annual event presented by Anoka-Hennepin’s community education department and sponsored in part by Creating Community, Multicare Associates, Nutritional Weight and Wellness and Park Dental.

Sue Austreng is at sue.austreng@ecm-inc.com

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