Expo, craft fair draws a crowd

NEW ULM – More than 90 exhibitors from local home and small businesses, crafters, agencies and non-profit organizations helped draw a crowd Saturday to the 10th Annual Women’s Expo and Craft Fair at Jefferson Elementary School.

Exhibitors included the Brown County Chapter of the Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention Program, who is hosting a 5k (3.1 mile) walk run to benefit suicide prevention, at 10 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 30, starting and finishing at the New Ulm Recreation Center, 122 South Garden St. Register online at www.zapevent.com.

The organization distributed information on how exercise can be used to improve the mood of people with mild, moderate or severe depression. A Harvard Health Publications report stated that those who need or wish to avoid drugs to deal with depression may be able to substitute it with aerobic exercise.

A short-term study by the Archives of Internal Medicine noted significant mood improvements within five weeks with 30 minutes of walking or running and an additional 15 minutes of warm-up and cool-down exercises, three times a week. After four months, 60 to 70 percent of the people studied were no longer classified as having major depression.

Besides boosting your mood, regular exercise, as along as it doesn’t involve over-training, is considered to have positive effects on natural immunity, pain perception, lowering blood pressure, and protecting against heart disease and cancer.

Overeaters Anonymous, which meets at 7 p.m., Tuesdays at River Valley Church, 100 N Washington, New Ulm, distributed material near the expo front door. The organization calling itself a fellowship, has no dues, no fees, no weigh-ins, and no diets. visit www.oa.org for more information.

The expo was created to benefit New Ulm Public School Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE), created to strengthen families through the education and support of all parents in providing the best possible environment for the healthy growth and development of their children from birth to kindergarten, with information, education and networking.

Classes are held mornings, afternoons and evenings at Washington Elementary School, 910 14th North. Special EFFE events include concerts, gym nights, a Halloween party, vehicle fair, community baby show and speakers. For more information, visit www.newulm.k12.mn.us/page/2466.

Fritz Busch can be e-mailed at fbusch@nujournal.com.

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