NORTH ROYALTON – Despite a change of venue, the 10th annual Health Fair and Family Expo enjoyed a healthy turnout.

Dozens trotted up to Royal Redeemer Lutheran Church on Sept. 21 to take part in not only the unique, one-stop shop showcasing more than 60 health and community-related businesses and organizations, but also the 19th annual Bear Run and the 11th annual Turkey Trot, which both promote exercise but also overall wellness by accepting donations to the North Royalton Food Pantry.

And, close to 275 guests started the day off right, sitting down to a hearty breakfast compliments of Council President Larry Antoskiewicz.

Janet Boyer, a teacher at Albion Elementary School, was one of the turkey trotters, gladly gobbling up all the information the expo had to offer after crossing the finish line.

“It’s a good time to walk around and see what’s here. I did want to see the pets, too,” she admitted while cradling in her arms Daisy, an 11-week-old puppy up for adoption at the event through the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

Kathie Short attended this family event with her son Gavin, a student at Valley Vista Elementary. It proved to be a successful venture for them.

“I wanted to check out all the healthy stuff. I realize I want to come to this church,” she said, referring to host Royal Redeemer. “They have a contemporary service I want to check out and I found a dentist.”

Nearby, Kim Hittle, a North Royalton alumna, stopped by the North Royalton Alumni Association table, Diana Skorepa was manning, to make sure her contact information was up to date. Skorepa said the expo is an all-around great event.

“There are so many good vendors, I got my cholesterol and glucose checked for free, I saw people I know and had the chance to promote the Alumni Association,” she smiled.

The expo is 10-year collaboration among the city of North Royalton, the North Royalton School District, Southwest General North Royalton Physical Therapy and University Hospitals Parma Medical Center.

School Board member Heidi Dolezal participated in the Turkey Trot and spent a good bit of time taking in all the information the expo had to offer, too. Schools are devoted to education, and this event is an extension of that.

“It features one of the only runs in North Royalton, you see kids from the schools come out with their parents, it’s a one-stop shop for health concerns, you can find out about all the businesses and vendors in North Royalton and it’s getting bigger every year,” she smiled.

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