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HealthPlus to spice up health and fitness expo

FLINT — As title sponsor of the 2013 HealthPlus Crim Festival of Races, HealthPlus will have a prominent presence at the Commit to Fit! Health & Fitness Expo during the days leading up to Crim race events. The HealthPlus booth will feature the following exciting and interactive health and wellness activities:

• Chef Paul, best known as “Aussie in the Kitchen,” will host healthy cooking demonstrations, with lots of samples, from 3–7 p.m. Aug. 22 and 1–5 p.m., Aug. 23.

• Anytime Fitness will showcase games and fitness activities from 4–8 p.m. Aug. 22 and Aug. 23. Expo visitors can try their luck at a bean bag toss game to win one of two oneyear Anytime Fitness memberships or one of two personal training packages (each training package includes five sessions).

• Anytime Fitness trainers will be sharing tips for optimizing workouts, effective stretching, strength conditioning and more.

“Every year the health and fitness expo at the Crim provides a wonderful opportunity for HealthPlus to educate the community about the benefits of healthy eating and physical activity,” said Nancy Jenkins, vice president of sales and marketing at HealthPlus. “The HealthPlus booth is at the front of the hall and, with our programming, regularly attracts thousands of visitors.”

Details: Visit — G.G.

New businesses celebrate opening in downtown Flint

FLINT — Today four local businesses celebrated their grand opening in downtown Flint during a “Partners for Progress” press event hosted by the Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce and the City of Flint.

Chyrsa’s Alterations and Exclusive Apparel Design, Timothy Goodrich Custom Shoes, BRIX and Network Labs “cut the ribbon” on their new location at 522 S. Saginaw Street.

The businesses are co-located in the building. Collectively, they represent a $60,000 investment and will bring six jobs downtown.

“Redevelopment in downtown Flint continues with entrepreneurs and small businesses joining those already enjoying success in the heart of the city,” said Tim Herman, Chamber CEO.

“It’s exciting to see these four businesses open up downtown this week along with the new Genesys Health Center and Pharmacy and Café Rhema. They will soon be joined by Michigan State University’s public health program and the Flint Farmers Market. We are truly building momentum in the region.”

Each of the businesses brings a unique service to downtown Flint. Chyrsa’s is a custom apparel shop providing wedding and prom dresses, as well as casual clothing and costumes.

BRIX is the brain child of 13-year-old-twins Deven and Nihkil Mukkamala. Downtown’s youngest entrepreneurs will sell locally made and imported urban apparel and craft items.

Timothy Goodrich Custom Shoes will create hand-made shoes and sell them from their new downtown location. Tech start up Network Labs will provide 24/7 remote access to robotically controlled science laboratories. — G.G.

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