Health and fitness expo draws in crowd

SAN BENITO — Richard Wheeler was enjoying his visit to the health expo until he stopped at the city’s Community Health table.

“It was good until I got my blood pressure checked,” said Wheeler, 67, with a chuckle.

His blood pressure was actually only slightly high, but nevertheless it concerned him.

The “I’m Losin’ It! Health and Fitness Expo” yesterday attracted a steady stream of people who took health seriously, which was the goal of the event. They learned about nutrition, weight loss, exercise and much more from the 17 vendors who set up tables.

The event also included a 5K Fun Run and Bike Tour.

“There are a lot of good people here, a lot of great people,” said Lionel Betancourt, president of the Chamber of Commerce, which organized the event.

The expo committee spent long hours publicizing the event through various media and rounding up vendors, said Cecilia Espinoza, head of the expo committee. They sent invitations to numerous businesses. Many didn’t answer back, but 21 signed up. Of those, 17 came to the event.

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