Salon combats obesity epidemic
A local salon celebrates five years of business by holding a health fair to combat obesity and depression Workers at Colour in Vestal said they want to help the public get healthy. Our Elyse Mickalonis has more.
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VESTAL, N.Y. -- A local salon is trying to cut obesity out of the area.
“We wanted to get a lot of people out here to let them know if you don’t like dance you can do yoga, if you don’t like yoga there’s kickboxing,” said Keshia Smith, Event Organizer.
Workers at Colour in Vestal say they want to help the public get healthy.
That motivation came from a recent Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index study.
“Binghamton being the number two most obese city in the United States, and one of the most depressed cities in the United States, we wanted to do something about that and thought what better way to do it when we’re having our five year anniversary,” said Smith.
Visitors were able to see karate, zumba and kickboxing demonstrations as well as learn about different health and beauty products. Vendors say they were pleased with the turnout.
“Coming and going, asking questions about skin, makeup, hair care and we’re trying to steer them in the right direction of what will work for them,” said Shelley Avery, Goldwell NY Sales.
Francine Finucan, Chiropractor and Pilates Instructor, added, “I think its important for people’s health to let them know about chiropractors, and pilates and yoga, because they are body and mind exercises.”
Organizers say the health fair goes beyond Saturday. Vendors at the event offered everything from free karate lessons to discounts on products. They hope this event inspires people to take whatever steps are necessary to become healthier both inside and out.
“It’s not as hard or difficult to be healthy or live a healthy lifestyle and be happy,” said Smith.
Mary Rotundo, Oxford resident, added, “It’s inspiration to get out there and get moving and get some exercise and meet some new people.”
Inspiring people to live longer and healthier lives.