NBC 4 New York and Telemundo 47 Health & Fitness Expo where people get to run a running back route, climb rock walls and get active at MetLife Stadium
EAST RUTHERFORD — Sporting their New York Giants blue and yoga pants, visitors at the annual NBC 4 New York and Telemundo 47 Health & Fitness Expo came out to MetLife Stadium to run a running back route, climb rock walls, swing on zip lines and most importantly, get active.
Presented by Quest Diagnostics, the two-day expo is aimed at promoting healthier lifestyles and featured activity stations, classes and vendors. In addition, nearly 50 local non-profits were on-site, including American Diabetes Association, American Red Cross and St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center.
The expo will also be held on Sunday, June 24 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
“The Health & Fitness Expo is free and filled with a number of family-friendly activities designed to promote a healthier lifestyle. Working with our partners at the New York Giants, it is also the only place where viewers can tour the Giants locker room, meet our WNBC anchors and reporters, and ride two Ziplines from one end zone to the other,” said Eric Lerner, President and General Manager of NBC 4 New York.
Kids could run the same drills as football players, including tackling dummies or running routes as a receiver, at the Play Football Summer Season station, aided by coaches and team members from Wagner College.
“My favorite was the quarterback [drill],” said Liam Barrionuevo of Newark, who also plays soccer.
For Hunter Caslin of Westville, the expo was a chance to check out the football field.
“I wanted to see how Giants Stadium looks like in person and see players,” said Caslin.
Decked out in their Giants gear, Hunter and his mom, Kelli Caslin, competed in the 40-yard dash event.
“Mom won but he doesn’t want to admit it,” Kelli Caslin joked.
Former and current Giants players like Plaxico Burress and Landon Collins were on hand to take selfies and sign autographs, along with NBC 4 New York Lead Sports Anchor Bruce Beck and Telemundo 47 Lead Sports Anchor Veronica Contreras.
New this year was a tailgate area where visitors could watch the World Cup live and practice their soccer skills on a field with New York City Football Club.
“Health and fitness are very important to our viewers and the Spanish-speaking communities we serve across the Tri-State area. This summer, fútbol fever is all around us thanks to the World Cup. Our new soccer activation will let all visitors can practice their skills, feel like they’re in the games and ‘take their shot,’” said Cristina Schwarz, President and General Manager of Telemundo 47.
Stationed in a quiet tent in a corner among the madness on the football field, the “Zen Zone” provided visitors with a chance to learn yoga techniques and meditation exercises.
Participants got a chance to flex their gymnastic muscles as an obstacle course staffed by Meadowlands Gymnastics Academy in East Rutherford.
“The idea is to bring them through the basic moves of gymnastics – beam, bars, vault, mushroom which is a boys event, and hand stands,” said co-owner Jackie Pinho. At first, kids are hesitant to try something daunting like the bars or anything that puts them upside down, but in working with the trainers, they can overcome that fear. “Gymnastics is good for fitness and confidence.”
Even on a cloudy Saturday, the expo was a chance for families to get out together.
Spring Wilson of Springville strolled the field with her two-year old twins, Callie and Camden, and her 16-year old son and his girlfriend.
“We came here to have fun and to give the kids something to do,” said Wilson.
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