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Healthy Lombard's Fitness February Fair will be bigger, more interactive

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Organizers say this year's Fitness February Fair in Lombard will be the biggest and most interactive yet.

The event, scheduled for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 22, is sponsored by Healthy Lombard, an organization that took root in 2009 to help fight childhood obesity.

Healthy Lombard Founder Jay Wojcik said this is the second year the event will be held at Yorktown Center. It has grown from 16 tables on display in front of JCPenney last year to 26 tables that will be set up in the middle of the mall.

"When you go to a table, it's not grab and go," Wojcik said, noting that many people tend to take handouts at fairs and then throw them out when they get home. "You have to do something at each table you go to."

Those activities, which will be rewarded with a sticker, can range from a bean bag toss to a food quiz, Wojcik said. Once an attendee gets 16 out of 26 stickers, they can enter a free raffle, which will feature prizes ranging from grocery gift cards to baskets full of items from area businesses.

Besides the interactive table displays, the event also will feature stage performances every 20 minutes, such as a client demonstration by CustomFit personal training and moves from the "Ageless Grace" fitness program, which are designed to be performed while sitting down.

Other groups that will show off fitness moves include Sky Center Martial Arts, Zumba with Lisa and the Glenbard East student Zumba class. In addition, massages will be available and physicians from Elmhurst Memorial Hospital and Elmhurst Clinic will be on hand to answer medical questions.

"It's on a Saturday, it's indoors, it's free, it's interactive," Wojcik said. "If you made a resolution in January to do something healthier, this is a good way to rededicate yourself to that."

On Monday, the Healthy Lombard Foundation also named the winners of the 2014 Health Hero Awards, which honors residents who have made a noticeable effort to improve their health in the past year. Winners include Cheryl Behrens, Cindy Musiel, Vicki Quigley and the Schuda Family.

This year, a second category was added to the awards to recognize Lombard-area companies that have made healthy changes in work environments. Winners include Glenbard High School District 87 and Balance! Pediatric and Family Weight Management Specialists.

The "Health Heroes" will be recognized at 1:30 p.m. at the Fitness February Fair by state Rep. Sandra Pihos, the Chicago Bears mascot, and lifestyle coach Melanie Jordan.

For details about the Fitness February Fair or Healthy Lombard, visit healthylombard.com.

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