BriarPatch to host fitness fair |

BriarPatch to host fitness fair

If you’re into healthy living, working out and eating right, you might want to attend the BriarPatch Co-Op’s upcoming fitness fair June 21 and 22.

Sixteen local fitness groups, health experts and the Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital will set up booths on the BriarPatch patio from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. both days at the event.

“We heard about the county’s report on overweight people in our area and thought of the idea of a fitness fair,” said Stephanie Mandel-Austin, marketing manager at BriarPatch Co-Op. “We’ve always been about healthy food but we thought of educating our customers about exercise.”

According to a recent UCLA study, half of Nevada County residents are overweight or obese, requiring some preventive action. The 50 percent figure for Nevada County is lower than the state and national average. More than 65 percent of Americans and 54 percent of Californians are overweight or obese, the study showed.

“Each of the health clubs participating here donated free workouts at their businesses,” Mandel-Austin said. “We’ll have a free raffle every 15 minutes.”

Some of the items at the fair include:

• A presentation of AARP’s new “Fat to fit challenge” at 1 p.m. each day by local fitness expert Carole Carson.

• A talk on nutrition for menopause by Dr. Carolyn Weisswasser of Whitewater Naturopathic at 11 a.m. June 22.

• A talk titled “Die smart, not hard” by Mike Carville of South Yuba Club on 11 a.m. June 21.

• A 45 to 60-minute walk on the Litton Trail, led by Carole Carson at 9:30 a.m. on both days.

BriarPatch Co-Op is located at 290 Sierra College Drive in Grass Valley. For more information on the fair, visit

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