By GAIL LOWE
LYNNFIELD — The Healthy Living Expo, hosted by A Healthy Lynnfield and the Wakefield Lynnfield Chamber of Commerce, was held on Saturday, May 14 on the Town Common. The event drew hundreds of residents and people from as far away as Winthrop.
The day was weather-perfect for getting outside and mingling with family, friends and neighbors who shared an interest in learning how to live a healthy lifestyle.
A Healthy Lynnfield is a community-based partnership that empowers residents to make positive choices and help all young people thrive.
The event featured live entertainment, including a magic show by magician “Awesome Robb” Preskins and mini massages by Elements Massage. A face painting station drew kids of all ages, and a certified therapy dog named Winnie was available for petting.
Spotted in the crowd were Chamber of Commerce Executive Director John Smolinsky, Lynnfield Select Board Chairman Phil Crawford and Substance Use Prevention Coordinator Peg Sallade.
Twenty-five health-related organizations and vendors participated in the Expo, including Relay for Life of Wakefield.
This year, the organization will hold its annual overnight fundraiser to benefit those suffering from cancer from Friday night, June 17 to Saturday morning, June 18. In 2019, approximately $80,000 was raised. Last year’s virtual relay brought in just over $40,000.
Other participating organizations and vendors included Core Values, Dog Bones Certified Therapy Dogs, Northfield Orthodontics, Joslin Diabetes Center, Greater Lynn Senior Services, Elements Massage, Custom Fitness Movement Training, Lynnfield Healthy Living, Create from Within, Lynnfield Recreation Commission, Torigian Family YMCA, NAMI Family Support Group, Beltone Hearing Aid Centers, AdaptiVision, Captel, Sobella, Parkinson’s Fitness, Fyzical, Vault Training, Wakefield Alliance Against Violence, Respond Inc., HDPT Physical Therapy, Home Instead, Rotary International and Lahey Hospital and Medical Center.