Health, Wellness & Fitness Expo

As much as we love to eat, talk and write about food, once a year we like to put down the pasta and focus on fitness. We call that special day the Atlantic City Weekly Health, Wellness & Fitness Expo, and this year we’ve fattened up on vendors and demonstrations in the name of fitness. Head to the Ocean City Music Pier noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, for all the free fun.

The Expo isn’t your average informational fair. Sponsored by Shore Medical Center, the Expo will not only feature fitness centers, doctors, medical experts, massage therapists and nutritionists at the ready to answer your questions and tell you about their products, it will also offer four hours of incredible free classes, like yoga, Zumba and boxing, so you can dip your toes into different fitness styles before spending your hard-earned money to try them out.

Plus, before classes begin, the Atlantic City Jazz Band, presented by the South Jersey Jazz Society, will warm the crowd up with some tunes from 11:30 a.m. to 12:20 p.m.

After your workout, get a free massage at either the Greate Bay Racquet and Fitness Blu Wave booth, Borgata’s Toccare booth or the Hand & Stone booth — or hit them all.

Blood pressure screenings, cardiac risk assessments and glucose and cholesterol screenings will be offered by Shore Medical Center, among other demonstrations that will provide invaluable information on one’s health.

To keep the little ones occupied, a face painter will also set up shop..

“We couldn’t be happier to bring our Health, Wellness & Fitness Expo back to the Music Pier,” says Scott Cronick, director of entertainment publications for the Press of Atlantic City. “This year we’ll have even more demonstrations and vendors, ensuring our best expo yet.”

If you’re interested in taking advantage of the offers, health screenings and free classes, head out to the Ocean City Music Pier, located at Moorlyn Terrace and the Boardwalk, on Saturday. And — don’t worry — if you become overwhelmed by all the healthfulness the Expo has to offer, you’re within a few steps of a Kohr Bros.

Fitness classes offered:

‰ 12:30 to 1 p.m.: Yoga by Betty and Milton Katz Jewish Community Center

‰ 1:15 to 1:45 p.m.: Abs and pylometrics with Sue Dascher of

Greate Bay Racquet and Fitness

‰ 2 to 2:30 p.m: Boxing with Eddie Aponte of Greate Bay Racquet and Fitness

‰ 2:45 to 3:15 p.m.: Hip-hop dance by Tilton Fitness

‰ 3:30 to 4 p.m.: Zumba by Tilton Fitness

‰ 4:15 to 4:45 p.m.:  Quigong with Gina Rollins of Ocean City Aquatic and Fitness

Here’s a full list of vendors and what they’ll offer:

Shore Medical Center: Offering cardiac risk assessment performed by Director of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Christina Kozmor; glucose and cholesterol screenings; information about cancer education and early detection program; information for people who are uninsured or under-insured on how they can get free screenings; imaging center information; blood pressure testing; physicians from Shore Physicians Group

GNC: Sells health and nutrition products like vitamins, supplements and dietary aids

Atlantic City Weekly 50 Bites+: Buy a 50 Bites+ pass, on sale for two for $70 or one for $40, and get a free bite at over 50 local restaurants from Oct. 13 through Dec. 2.

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Center for Vein Restoration: Offering leg and arm vein scans

Greate Bay Racquet and Fitness Club: Offering chair massages, fitness classes and membership options

Tilton Fitness: Offering fitness classes and membership options

Cape Regional Health System: Orthopedic surgeon with Penn Orthopaedics Dr. Kevin McHale will be there to answer questions, as will Cape Regional’s Concussion Care Center and Physical Therapy Team, offering information on their services

Bacharach: Rehabilitation institute for injuries, trauma or acute illness.

Borgata Spa: Free chair massages

Brayces: Orthodontist

It Works: Company that focuses on weight loss, skin care and health products

Michele Ferrero: Dietitian

Ocean Solar: Solar energy equipment supplier

Derm One: Dermatology, cosmetic and scarless vein center

Vitamin Shoppe: Retailer of vitamins and nutritional supplements

Mindful Minerals: Skin care using minerals and natural ingredients

Hand & Stone: Free chair massages

With You in Wellness: Offering reiki treatments and health consultations and selling personal care products

Ocean City Aquatic & Fitness Center: Free fitness classes

Betty and Milton Katz Jewish Community Center: Fitness center, free yoga class

Kmart Pharmacy: Flu shots (high dose available for seniors) and pneumonia and tetanus (Tdat) immunizations

Kyani: Nutritional supplements made from the world’s most powerful superfoods