Ballston Spa Health and Wellness Expo Educates Community

BALLSTON SPA – The Ballston Spa Central School District brought more than 40 area professionals together this month to educate locals about the importance of a healthy lifestyle.

The first bicycle given away during the Ballston Spa School District’s fifth annual Health and Wellness Expo was won by Malta Avenue student Megan Loomis./Photo provided

The district’s fifth annual Health and Wellness Expo was held Saturday, March 4 in the Wood Road/Milton Terrace Elementary School gymnasium. The free family friendly event was open to all residents of the district and showcased service-learning projects and educational activities from each of the schools. More than 450 students, family members and friends were in attendance.

Health and wellness professionals from around the region provided educational information on fitness, healthy eating, and related wellness topics. Major vendors include the Saratoga Regional YMCA, Albany Medical Center, Healthy Living Market Café, TCT Federal Credit Union, Regional Therapy Center of Saratoga Hospital, 9 Miles East Farm and Saratoga County Economic Opportunity Council. There were also fitness and exercise demonstrations provided by Adirondack Taekwondo and Fitness Center, district staff member Amanda Fifield and Saratoga Regional YMCA, Malta Branch, Punch and Strike Class.

Bicycles were raffled off again this year thanks to donations from Ballston Spa staff members, the Ballston Spa Administrative Council, the Ballston Spa Association of Teaching Assistants and the Ballston Spa Teachers Association.  Congratulations to the seven lucky winners including Sean Gillson – Milton Terrace ES, Nate Little – Gordon Creek ES, Megan Loomis – Malta Ave ES, Alexander Brumagin – Gordon Creek ES, Emma Murdie –  Home Schooler, Greyson Zalewsky –  Middle School and Ian Robinson – Wood Road ES.

Over 165 bicycle helmets were given away to students by the Ballston Spa Emergency Corp and Saratoga County Sheriff’s Department. Additional drawings were also held throughout the day for many giveaways provided by vendors and local businesses. The Ballston Spa Teachers Association also distributed more than 500 free books to 200 students and families who attended the Health Expo.

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