Day One of the NBC4 Health & Fitness Expo: Fitness, Fun and Food!

Forums, fitness and fun...Oh My!

Day one of the 2016 NBC4 Health & Fitness Expo had something for everyone. Tens of thousands of guests flooded the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in hopes of starting the New Year off right.

And we'll be back Sunday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

More than 281 exhibitors showcased their products and services in the eight-hour event. Guests had access to free cooking demonstrations, fitness classes and health screenings.

The NBC4 Team signed autographs and posed for photos in front of a Storm Team 4x4 weather truck. At the NBC Washington Social Media booth, guests grabbed some props and smiled for the camera. Guests also entered a giveaway to win a trip for two at the Cayman Islands. 

Olympian and best-selling author Suzy Favor Hamilton talked mental health and three other top-performing athletes discussed what it takes to make it to the big leagues.

Both adults and children had the chance to show off their dance moves. At the NBC4 What's Your Workout stage, guests danced to the beat of the Hip Hop during Zumba Core & More sponsored by Butterfly Fitness. Kids also had a chance to dance it out with The Lab DC Competitive Breakin' School. 

At the Winter Sports zone, children also enjoyed pretending they were skiing and snowboarding down slopes in a simulation. The National Children' Museum Play Zone allowed youngsters to let their imaginations run wild in a foam playground. 

Guests also lined up for free health screenings scattered throughout the Convention Center. Kaiser Permanente offered blood pressure and body mass index tests and demonstrated some low-maintenance exercises to do around the house or at the office. 

Patrons crowded around the National Kidney Foundation booth, as clinicians provided free kidney disease testing. The clinicians provided free consult if a guest showed risk factors for disease and offered physician referral when needed. 

The Changing Minds stage gave away duffle bags and information pamphlets, while also raising mental health awareness. 

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