FAIRFIELD — The Fairfield Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the Town of Fairfield, held its fifth annual Fairfield Health & Fitness Expo, promoting community wellness.

Held in the RecPlex at Fairfield University on March 16 and sponsored by Collins Medical Equipment, this free, annual event provided health, fitness and fun for the entire family.

More than 85 participating exhibitors and hundreds of community members participated. The event was organized by a committee of local business leaders along with the chamber President Beverly Balaz and event sponsor Bryan Collins.

Exhibitors demonstrated information on programs, services, and products, provided free health screenings and fitness demo’s (by DOJO Fairfield, Fairfield YMCA, Elliptical Studios, Fairfield Strength, Club Pilates Fairfield, Row House Westport), followed by question-and-answer sessions.

“This year we had over 85 exhibitors, a variety of free screenings, AED and hands-only CPR training, plus we held all day activities for children including the Shamrock Fun Run,” said Balaz. “Both the Chamber and Town are proud to host an event that promotes a healthy lifestyle experience for young and old, to have fun, watch fitness demos, listen to informative guest speakers, eat something healthy, and get answers from our local business owners about available services and learn about what is needed to stay healthy and fit.”

“This is a tremendous display of our local businesses addressing an essential part of our population,” said state Sen. Tony Hwang. “To share what resources are available for the aging population and health care is such an important thing. Access to helpful information is critical and we need to do a better job of sharing these resources especially for our senior citizens so they can be active and engaged and healthy in the future. This event provides a unique combination of community service, small businesses and caring for our senior population. I want to compliment the Chamber of Commerce in Fairfield for putting it all together in one spot for the community to be able to participate and learn from. This is a wonderful display of community engagement.”

State Rep. Crisitin McCarthy-Vahey also attended the event.

“I think this is an excellent partnership, health and wellness is such a critical part of everyday life,” she said. “For me, seeing the Fairfield Cares crew here who I work with and seeing the ways we have volunteers partner with businesses and town officials, the police, it’s an excellent showcase of all the ways people can keep themselves healthy. I’'ll particularly note the partnership with Fairfield Cares and the police with the prescription drug take back and remind residents that it’s available in the police department lobby 24/7. We want to help people be healthy every day.”

“This is a great event for we exhibitors, members of the chamber who can expose their businesses and also for the population to get out here and get information and resources from,” said Paul Doyle, owner of Oasis Senior Advisors.

Sam Jen, chamber treasurer, agreed. “This event is terrific, it gets the community out and it makes them aware of healthier living options. There is plenty for the kids to do too so there’s no excuse.”

Collins, director of sales and marketing at Collins Medical Equipment, said, “We are thrilled to be here today as the event’s sponsor, it’s an absolute blast.”

Jay Kiley, owner of Synergy Home Care of Fairfield, added, “We are thrilled to be here, we have a great crowd here today and an amazing number of booths.”

A Shamrock Fun Run and Popsicle Stick Challenge by SoundRUNNER, Touch-A-Truck, Kids Crafts, Hands-Only CPR & AED Training, a Prescription Drug Take Back operated by the Fairfield police and Fairfield Health Department, local Girl Scout Troops selling cookies and Food Vendors added to the event.