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Lodi gets an ounce of prevention at the annual Health and Wellness Fair

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Posted: Saturday, September 22, 2012 4:54 pm | Updated: 6:43 pm, Sat Sep 22, 2012.

There was a festival at Lodi Lake, but the focus wasn’t funnel cakes or carnival rides.

It was the second annual Health and Wellness Fair, held on Saturday morning.

Hosted by the city of Lodi Parks and Recreation and General Mills, the festival lasted from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The morning began with a pancake breakfast by the Kiwanis Club, followed by the 19th annual General Mills Trix 5K Run and Walk. Over 300 runners made it through the 5K, and stayed on to enjoy the festival.

Dozens of local health professionals, students and wellness vendors manned booths for the day, decked out in many variations of scrubs and yoga pants. They offered demonstrations, health screenings, giveaways and information on living a healthier lifestyle.

Delta Physical Therapy provided body weight and fat screenings. The PUMP Institute of Lodi, along with Lodi Physical Therapy, let festival-goers try out a rubber balance beam and a pull up bar. Students in the Lincoln Technical Academy studying medical assisting taught kids how exercise can be fun with hula hooping. Several Lodi gyms also ran booths to share details about exercise programs.

Visitors left full of information about acupuncture, yoga, disease prevention and a whole range of wellness tips.

The event was free to the public. Donations and proceeds from food sales went to the Pregnancy Resource Center of Lodi, the Emergency Food Bank of Stockton, the American Red Cross and Lodi Cancer Kids.

Contact reporter Sara Jane Pohlman at sarap@lodinews.com.

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