WEST ORANGE, NJ — The Oskar Schindler Performing Arts Center (OSPAC), in conjunction with the township and the West Orange Public Relations Commission, hosted the second annual West Orange Loves Wellness Expo on Sunday, where many health and public safety establishments gathered to promote their beneficial services to the public.

The expo also featured free health screenings, like eye tests as well as free health and fitness activities (including Zumba, Tai Chi, Yoga and “Find Relief Physical Therapy” classes) and cooking and beauty demonstrations. There was also a special performance by the Dance Warriors. 

“Our main objective is to promote wellness in the community so that residents will know the health care that is available,” said Susan Anderson, public information officer for the Township of West Orange.

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Some of the vendors at the expo included ShopRite, Village Super Market, Nutraweb Nutrition Services, the West Orange Fire Department, West Orange High School and more than a dozen others.

“We’re here just to spread fire safety awareness,” said West Orange firefighter Don Peters.

West Orange Councilman Jerry Guarino also made an appearance, endorsing the need to avoid texting and driving.

“We’re here to give people ideas on how to shop healthy and give free nutrition services,” said ShopRite registered dietitian April Crowley.

Exhibitor fees included $25 for West Orange Chamber of Commerce and Downtown West Orange Alliance members, $45 for non-members and $35 for nonprofits. More than 99 percent of the proceeds will go to the NJAI Arts Play Program, which provides art-based activities for nearly 300 special needs children. For more information, visit www.NJAI.org.

This event was sponsored by the West Orange Public Relations Commission, the West Orange Chamber of Commerce and the Assembly Office of John McKeon and Mila Jasey.

This article was written by Josh Baker, a West Orange High School student participating in the TAPinto.net internship program.