Couch potatoes inspired by Health & Fitness Expo
Exhibits, demonstrations and fun stations highlight seventh annual event at MetLife Stadiuim NorthJersey.com
EAST RUTHERFORD — Even the couch potatoes were up and moving at the seventh annual Health & Fitness Expo at MetLife Stadium on Saturday.
The two-day event features 100 exhibitors, "get moving" stations, and performances every half hour by a variety of fitness buffs.
Spectators, many in Giants shirts, cheered the event opening with New York Giants offensive lineman Nate Solder in his No. 76 jersey surrounded by cheering Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts.
"There's plenty for the kids to do," said Boy Scout leader Tom Sterlacci of Fair Lawn, keeping an eye on his charges. "They can tour the Giants locker room, meet the Giants, the zip line."
Bergenfield High School band leader Brian Timmons was again invited to bring some of his 200 band members to serenade the arriving visitors. Flute players Sean Barlison and Nicole Mallari said they stayed in shape running track and playing volleyball, respectively.
"Actually, marching band keeps them in shape," said Timmons. "That's a lot of exercise."
A quick walk through the tunnel brought visitors to the fabled field where adults lined up with their kids for a chance to climb a blow-up slide, kick a field goal or catch a pass in the Giants Experience compound. Add to that a generous taking of selfies to prove they stood on a field where few spectators stand during the season
Tom Lew of Fair Lawn waited in line for a chance to kick field goals with son Isaac and dad Steve.
"It's a perfect day for it," said Lew. "We all want to try."
Harlem Wizard players oversaw their Hoops for Health free-throw cage at the exhibit entrance, while helping kids learn how to spin a basketball on their fingertips.
Paterson parent Michael Green stood nearby waiting in line with sons Michael Jr. and Joshua for a turn on the zip line.
"We've been coming for five years," said Green. "They really enjoy it."
The event was presented by Quest Diagnostics, which brought its cartoon mascot Quiggles and a variety of testing options.
"We now have Quest Direct which allows patients to order blood tests without going through a doctor, biometric and blood pressure tests," said Quest's Meghan Wolf.
Event cohosts NBC 4 New York and Telemundo 47 provided talks on their StormRanger 4 weather equipment, and let visitors meet station celebrities.