• The 2014 Event 
    Whether you run or walk, the health benefits of being active far outweigh a sedentary lifestyle. For the second year in a row, the North Tonawanda City School District offered a morning of activities for its students, staff, families and the community. The second annual health fair last April at North Tonawanda Middle School let participants take their own strides toward getting fit, or showing off their own fitness.

    Finish line ahead Katie Feldmann, a health teacher at North Tonawanda High School, was one of the organizers of the 5K run and a one-mile Family Fun Run/Walk held at the middle school school.

    The first 300 people to register received a race T-shirt. The race is a USAT&F sanctioned course that runs through Wurlitzer Park before also ending up at the school. Prizes were awarded to overall male and female winners and those in 13 age brackets.

    After the run, the fair took place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the school.

    “We had about 40 different vendors from Tonawanda and North Tonawanda,” she said. “We’re trying to show the community and students what healthy options are out there, to encourage people to get up and get moving, to show them what’s available for them right outside their back door.”

    Participants included the fire and police departments with demonstrations, local martial arts studios, a bounce house, a face-painting station, Ride For Roswell, the YMCA, Buffalo Athletic Club, the SPCA serving Buffalo and Erie County and more. Those visiting the fair received get five free tickets for raffles from the various vendors. Healthy food samples were available.

    Finish line2 “We try to make it as interactive as possible and as informative as possible and this year we tied in the 5K to get people up and moving,” Feldmann said. “A lot of this is run by the students, and it’s a good way for the kids to show off and be active, as well.”

    At the inaugural event in 2013, the school was hoping for about 200 people, but wound up with 1,000.

    “It was a shock for us,” she said. “It’s a great thing for the teachers, parents and kids to interact with each other outside of the classroom.”