By ALEXIS BARTOLOMUCCI
Local businesses and vendors gathered on April 17 at the Austintown Hollywood Gaming Racino to prepare for the upcoming Youngstown Fitness Expo at the racino on May 13.
Representatives from different health and wellness organizations brought their products that they would have on display for the expo. This year is the first year that KitchenAbz has hosted a fitness expo and they’re hoping that they will have a good turnout allowing the expo to continue for the upcoming years.
The event was created to offer the community a well-rounded view of what different products and services the area has to offer. The vendors who are attending range from self defense products, personal training, health and wellness classes and more. There will be more than 50 vendors who include Barre Youngstown, Lori McDonald a Damsel in Defense representative, members of Take Off Pounds Sensibly, Jasen Pekalla who is a martial arts instructor and studio owner, personal trainers Colby Jacobs and Joel Younkins, Janine Goddard who makes headbands plus several others.
“I think it’s a great thing because there’s a lot of people who don’t know about all these different programs that are offered in our area and this will help get the word out,” said Kim Miller, a Barre Youngstown instructor.
The event will run from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. and every half hour there will be free educational sessions. The event is open to people of all ages and there will be demonstrations for children and adults. Guests who attend the event will get special pricing on equipment and membership deals.
“I think it’s good for the community and giving awareness. A lot of people have questions about their health and how to get healthy and fit. They come here and get some of those questions answered,” said Jacobs.
There will be vendor giveaways and raffles throughout the day. Lynn Mickey and Tom KitchenABZ from KitchenABZ are eager to see how the event turns out and are looking forward to bringing health and wellness awareness to the community.