Published in the May 11, 2018 edition

MELROSE — It’s finally time to get outside, get active, get moving, and have fun with Healthy Melrose’s lineup of family friendly events at the 10th Annual Health and Wellness Fair. Healthy and Sustainable Melrose has become the premier Health and Wellness fair in eastern Massachusetts. Last year, we saw over 2,500 attendees, and we anticipate a similar crowd on May 12.

The 10th Annual Healthy Melrose Family Fitness & Wellness Fair is back Saturday, May 12 at Melrose High School athletic complex from 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. There will be over 50 vendors on hand to provide information on health and wellness, as well as food trucks, over 10,000 free food samples, free tote bags, and free activities for everyone from toddlers to adults.

There are several new classes and attractions this year, along with the return of some community favorites, so please take a look below:

Knucklebones Family Fun Zone – 
Knucklebones returns to Healthy Melrose 2018 with high energy, fun, staffed activities for kids.

Super Soccer Stars – Super Soccer Stars will be offering fun, high-energy kids soccer classes during Healthy Melrose free of charge from 11-11:45 a.m.  

Participate in a Karate Dojo Class :

4-5 years old 10 – 10:30 a.m.

9-12 years old 11:45 a.m.  – 12:30 p.m.

6-8 years old 10:45  – 11:30 a.m.

Teens and Adults 12:45 – 1:30 p.m.

Event Day Free Fitness Class Schedule – Free fitness classes are being offered by fit life and Barre and Soul. This unbelievable value is free during the fair.

10 -10:45 a.m. Harmony Flow Blue Monkey

10:50 – 11:45 a.m.  ZUMBA Acea, Heather and Friends

11 – 11:30 a.m. Senior Workout fit life

11:15-11:45 a.m. HIIT/Strength- fit life

11:50 a.m. – 12:35 p.m. Barre- Barre and Soul

12:35 – 1:30 p.m. Kick It by Eliza- fit life

While not required, we do strongly encourage people to sign up in advance for these amazing free classes.  

Back by popular demand is the 25 foot climbing wall. This year generously sponsored by LCM PLUS. Get ready to climb to the sky with professional supervision and belaying.

Equally important to having fun is learning about health, wellness, and your environment. The fair will feature 50 vendors offering materials and services to help you live a healthier life.

Melrose Farmer’s Market

For the first time ever, Healthy Melrose will feature a special Farmer’s Market pop up event. This will feature many of your favorite Farmer’s Market vendors, as well as new ones, to help celebrate Healthy and Sustainable Melrose’s 10 year anniversary. Organizers are so excited to be bringing farms, fish, eggs, meat, dairy and prepared foods to the 10 year anniversary.

Check out all the vendors. We have one veggie farm, Farmer Dave’s, and other amazing farms and prepared food vendors are The Bread Shop, Pure Pastry, Deano’s Pasta, Muddy River Herbals, Laszlo Family Farm, Moonlight Farm, Seven Hills Pasta Co., Roberto’s Seafood, Smith’s Country Cheese, Koshari Mama, Jennifer Lee’s Bakery, and Beverly Bees. Sasquatch Woodworks, Brooklyn James and Ugly Baby Soap Company LC will be joining us as well as. Pick up something tasty from our creative food demo chef, Suman Shah, from Fork on a Road. She will show you how farm fresh food and certain spices can make an amazing salad dressing, veggie side dish, or even a soup.

The fair also features Sustainable Melrose which is a group of civic minded organizations coming together to raise awareness of and support for our shared community responsibilities in environmental stewardship, social well-being, and economic prosperity over the long term. In collaboration with the Healthy Melrose organizers and the city, Sustainable Melrose will be taking steps to make the fair a “zero waste” and “zero carbon” event. Our awesome Sustainable Melrose vendors will have great interactive demonstrations.

For a complete list of vendors, food samples, and activities, please visit the Healthy Melrose website.

Healthy Melrose is sponsored by the City of Melrose, Hallmark Health Systems, and Fit Life.