TOTOWA, NJ -- On Saturday, April 6, at the Totowa Public Library, The Anxiety & Depression Initiative presented the “Fitness for Mind and Body Expo,” to provide opportunities for the local community to discover ways to be physically active in order to support wellness of both the body and mind.

“The Anxiety & Depression Initiative’s mission is to promote physical activity in the mental health community,” said Matthew Miller, Board President of The ADI. “We put this together with the Mental Health Association in Passaic County, making sure that people are aware that physical activity is important, not only for your body and for your physical health, but for your mental health as well,” he said.

Vendors and sponsors were featured at the Expo, presenting information on different types of physical activity, such as yoga practitioners, martial arts, massage therapists, chiropractic, and gyms. Free fitness classes were conducted, ranging from yoga to zumba. And, there was free information demonstrating the strong connection between exercise and good mental health.

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“This is a local kind of health fair,” said Joanne Green, Executive Director of the Mental Health Association in Passaic County. “People can find out what kind of resources are available in their community and how they could take advantage of those resources,” she said. “We have a lot of information about anxiety, depression, and also information about the connection between your mental health and your physical health,” said Green.

For more information about The Anxiety and Depression Initiative, and the benefits of physical activity on overall wellness, visit TheADI.org.