By Starrla Cray
DELANO, MN It never hurts to learn more about health, and the first annual Delano health and wellness expo is the perfect place to start.
The event will be Saturday, May 8 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the fire hall in Delano, 245 Second Street North.
“All proceeds will benefit the Delano Fire Department,” said Dr. Jeremiah Staples of Delano Chiropractic.
The expo will feature about 30 health-related vendors, chair massages, food, a children’s bounce house, and more.
“It’s going to be a big event,” Staples said. “There will be activities for young and old, and great food.”
Coborn’s will be making free-range hamburgers and hot dogs, as well as healthy side dishes.
Entrance to the expo is free, Staples said. Everyone who attends the expo has a chance to win the expo’s grand prize a Nintendo Wii and Wii Fit Plus system, which is worth about $300.
Businesses and non-profits will also be giving away samples, coupons, informational packets, and door prizes.
Some local companies will be offering special discounts on their goods and services in combination with fire department donations.
“It’s a way to encourage donations and to promote businesses,” Staples said.
At Delano Chiropractic, for example, Staples said he is offering a free first visit for donations of $20 or more to the fire department.
There will be many types of vendors at the expo, such as Pro Rehab, Snap Fitness, Yoga by Jen, Golden LivingCenter, Core Fit ‘n Motion, Delano Eye Clinic, North Shore Gymnastics, the American Cancer Society, and many more.
Staples said he organized the expo as a fun way to help the community become more educated about various aspects of health and wellness.
“Delano has a lot of events, but there’s not one that’s really focused on health,” he said. “It helps the fire department, the businesses, and the community in general.”
Delano Fire Chief Bob Van Lith said the fire department hasn’t yet decided what it will purchase with the fundraised money.
“What we purchase will depend upon how much we raise,” he said. “We have a list of so many things we need.”
The department’s extrication equipment, commonly known as the “jaws of life,” is more than 30 years old, for example.
“We need to update it,” Van Lith said. However, that alone would probably cost $6,000 to $7,000, he added.
The department is also looking at water rescue equipment, among other items, he said.
To learn more about the expo, contact Staples at (763) 972-2215.