EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – If you were looking for inspiration to improve your overall wellness, then the seventh annual Health and Fitness Expo presented by NBC 4 New York and Telemundo 47 was the place to be this past weekend.
The free event, presented by Quest Diagnostics and the New York Giants, took place Saturday, June 22 and Sunday, June 23 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford.
An estimated 40,000 attendees visited the two-day, family-friendly event sprawled across the stadium field, the lower and upper level concourses, and outdoor plaza.
Legendary NBC 4 sportscaster Bruce Beck and Telemundo 47 sports anchor Verónica Contreras kicked off the opening ceremonies and greeted attendees on Saturday, which featured a visit from Giants offensive tackle Nate Solder.
Expo attendees were entertained by a variety of motivational speakers, informed by health professionals, witnessed healthy cooking demonstrations, and took advantage of a wide range of free health tests and screenings.
“During a routine team physical in 2014, they found out I had testicular cancer,” Solder said ahead of the expo. “I was fortunate enough that they found it early and it didn’t spread, and I was so thankful that I had that routine checkup – it saved my life. It’s not just one group of people that needs to get checked out, its everyone that needs to get checked out.”
Those looking to get active participated in on-field activities including Yoga, Zumba, CrossFit, 40-yard dash, zip-line rides, rock climbing, obstacle courses, gymnastics, field goal kicking and touchdown catching experiences.
Among the exhibitors at the expo was Pro Staff Institute and Physical Therapy Center of Nutley.
The Universal Kids Zone saw activities including family hip hop, family Zumba, pom pom dance, plyometrics and moving meditation.
Other members of the Giants and Red Bulls soccer team made special appearances throughout the weekend.
In addition, attendees were able to tour the locker room of the four-time Super Bowl Champion Giants, as well as take photos behind an old Today Show set. There was also a meet and greet with news, sports and weather personalities from NBC 4 and Telemundo 47.
It was a workout just to hike around the entire stadium and concourse levels to visit all the attractions. This annual expo is well worth the visit for those seeking extra motivation to better their health, improve eating habits and mix-up exercise routines.
Following the expo, visitors were treated to free admission to State Fair Meadowlands.