HIBBING — Looking for some fun in early February?

Fairview Range and Hibbing Community College (HCC) will host the third annual Fun and Fit Health Expo from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4, at HCC.

The Health Expo is free and aims to engage and educate attendees through fun activities for all age groups.

“There really is something for everyone at the Fun & Fit Health Expo,” said Andi Macenski, a marketing and public relations specialist for Fairview Range. “For younger families we have a bounce house, face painting, KidsID, pediatric nurses and providers available to talk with and provide pediatric growth charts and pediatric motor skill screenings.”

The KidsID program will be offered by the Minnesota Masonic Grand Lodge. It is part of the National Child Safety Identification Program that, among other things, records digital fingerprints, digital voice recordings, digital photos, digital video and DNA sample.

As Macenski explained, all of this information — on computer disc, ID tags, DNA swabs and the profile sheet — will be put into a packet and given to the parent for safe keeping. The masonic Grand Lodge retains nothing except the signed permission form. No information is stored in any database.

There will also be free health screenings including blood pressure, BMI, blood typing, grip strength, glucose and cholesterol profiling, pediatric gross motor screening and growth measurement, as well as tours of HCC’s simulated nursing lab.

“For adults and seniors it’s a great opportunity to speak with providers like our midwife, orthopedic surgeon and other medical professionals without having to make an appointment,” Macenski said. “The free health screenings like blood pressures, blood typing or glucose cholesterol profile is always popular.”

Another exciting opportunity this year is an obstacle course designed by the Twin Cities’ Conquer Ninja Warriors group, many of whom have competed on the TV show “American Ninja Warrior.” Trainers will be on-site to help participants through the course.

“With the television show American Ninja Warrior being so popular, we decided to research and see what would be available to bring to Hibbing,” Macenski explained. “They are bringing a custom-built obstacle course for our event that includes some favorite obstacles from the TV show like unstable bridge, salmon ladder, cannon ball alley, quintuple steps, warped wall, floating monkey bars, ropes, tilting bridge, balance obstacles, bungee row, nun chucks and rings.”

She encourages anyone who wants to try the obstacle course to bring tennis shoes.


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