by Courtney Brown June 8, 2016 at 3:45 pm 0

Inside of a fire truck, photo via Twitter : DC Fire and EMSAn upcoming event will bring emergency vehicles, free health screenings and information booths to a park in Columbia Heights this weekend.

ANC 1B, which covers part of U Street, Shaw, Columbia Heights and LeDroit Park, will host a health and safety summit at the small park at 14th and Girard streets NW this Saturday at noon.

Locals can meet with representatives from MPD, Mayor Bowser’s office, the Department of Health and other government agencies to learn about services, ask questions and weigh concerns during the summit, according to 1B Commissioner Jessica Smith.

Additionally, kids will have the chance to explore a police car and fire engine during the event, and free health screenings and information about CPR will also be freely available, Smith said.

“My biggest hope is that people will have an easy outlet to connect with their local government agencies,” Smith added.

Smith said she expects many locals will ask about Metro’s SafeTrack plan. Luckily for them, WMATA officials will also be on hand to answer questions.

Photo via Twitter / D.C. Fire and EMS

by Jennifer Currier September 24, 2015 at 1:30 pm 0

VIDA U Street Fitness Expo via VIDA Fitness

(Updated at 12:05 p.m. on Friday) Though Thanksgiving is still two months away, VIDA Fitness (1612 U St. NW) wants D.C. residents to prepare for the annual onslaught of indulgence.

The fitness center will host its first-ever holiday health expo next Thursday from 5:30-9:30 p.m. During the expo, attendees can move between 25 booths with interactive exhibits and receive free consultations from personal trainers and dietitians. Free zumba, bootcamp, barre and candlelight yoga classes will start every hour, on the hour throughout the evening. Consultations with VIDA Fitness staff and classes are open to all attendees, not just club members.

Other perks include Sweetgreen salad samples, juice samples, hair consultations and mini acupuncture sessions

The expo is part of the fitness center’s larger effort to get locals into the habit of going to the gym — and buying gym passes — by teaching them fitness tips.

“After last year’s holiday season, we decided we wanted to do something for people to latch on to,” said VIDA Fitness representative Greer Hunte. “Healthy habits and exercise is something people can make a part of their daily lives all year round.”

Guests are encouraged to RSVP for the expo in advance.

Photo via VIDA Fitness

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