INTERN SHAUNA ATTENDS GIANTS’ FIRST HEALTH AND FITNESS EXPO
Added by Shauna Sexsmith on July 1, 2013.
With fierce anticipation, Thomas Johnson Jr., C.E.O of GetUpNGetFit, and myself hopped on the bus marked “MetLife Stadium” in the early afternoon of Sunday, June 23. NBC 4 New York and the New York Giants were holding their first ever Health and Fitness Expo in New Jersey.
“Oh….emmmm……ggggg,” I thought to myself. “I get to walk the 40 yard line, jump around like a fool in the end zone, hang-out in the Giant’s locker room, and dare I say it, meet them!”
Every girl’s dream come true – well, this girl’s at least – but the Expo turned out to be more then just a chance to meet the players and act like a total groupie.
I’m not going to lie – I did act like a groupie. I mean, I met OJ Anderson, truly one of the nicest and funniest guy’s around, but as the day progressed I realized this event was doing much more than facilitating a fun Sunday afternoon.
At a time when the obesity epidemic is at the highest it has ever been in the United States, this event was also answering serious health questions for these people in attendance. Some exhibits were designed to be fun and educational while others raised important questions about your health.
“I lost my job almost a year and a half ago and haven’t had any medical insurance since,” I overheard one gentleman say. “This is good for people who don’t have the chance to get checked to find out more about their health.”
Thousands of others just like him had their health questions answered as well. They had their aches and pains checked out and learned ways to cook delicious meals that were tasty, kid approved, and heart healthy.
In between all the family fun, activities, free giveaways, and meet & greets with Giant legends were serious questions for health practitioners, all free of charge.
There was also plenty of free information for families who were not only trying to cook healthier, but to make a total (healthy) life change in their everyday habits.
I spoke to one woman who mentioned how until that day, her children thought “snack foods” were they’re only option and had never touched broccoli or “trees” until it was pureed into one of the dishes prepared here. It was their very own “ah ha” moment.
After all the excitement and fan fare, as Thomas and I, he being a current health and wellness practitioner and myself a former trainer, stood in the end zone at MetLife stadium, taking it all in. We looked around at all the different pavilions on the field, the kids, and parents alike running, screaming, laughing, and just… acting like kids and families, and it was then when we both realized how important this event actually was. This expo brought forward relevant ways of leading a healthier/better way of life. What is more important and life-changing than your health?