Topekans Punch Their Way To New Fitness Goals

By: Ariana Cohen Email
By: Ariana Cohen Email

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW)-Hundreds of Kansans spent the day punching their way to reach new fitness goals at the annual community-wide Topeka Health and Wellness Fair outside the Statehouse.

"Exercise is so important. It gets your adrenaline going, you get to burn lots of calories and increase your metabolism, so that you get to
burn calories when you are just at home and cleaning your house and sitting down watching T.V. you get to burn more calories," said Jazzercise franchise owner, Shamara Parre.

Attendees not only learned about the importance of burning calories, more than 50 vendors had booths set up for health educational resources, checking blood pressure, massages and more. People said they enjoyed the fair for a variety of reasons.

"It's a good opportunity to meet a lot of people and to talk to a lot of people," said Cory Lada, Community Relations Coordinator.

"I think it's important to keep in touch to where you are health wise and to take advantage of the opportunities to work out with other people for motivation and stay informed with your community," said Heather Beck, Research Analyst of the Kansas Department of Labor.

Overall, coordinators say they hope this event inspires more physical activity in people's lives each and every day.

"We hope that people will understand that being fit and exercising and eating the right foods with the farmer's market and all the vendors here today, sharing information about proper health will help them improve in their lifestyle and carry that out with them throughout their lives," said Karen Vandy, Human Resources Director at the Kansas Department of Health and Environment Office of Personnel Services.

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