The National Council of La Raza's 2013 National Family Expo was filled with exhibitors covering various subjects that are of interest to the Latino community. From science and technology to family and health, there wasn't a lack of activities for attendees of all ages.
Whether because of their fun activities or educational services -- or simply because they seemed out of place -- check-out the ten most worthwhile booths at the event.
American Diabetes Association and Walgreens
<a href="http://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/pubs/factsheets/hispanic.htm" target="_blank">Diabetes is a big problem for Latinos. </a> The American Diabetes Association (ADA) along with Walgreens set up a booth at the 2013 NCLR Latino Expo that offered free glucose screenings to all who attended the event. There was also a physician, nurse and pharmacist at the location that would offer free consultations and low-cost solutions to those suffering from the disease. According to Diana Echenique, the director for Latino Initiatives of the ADA, over 700 screenings were conducted during the event.
American Diabetes Association And Walgreens
The American Diabetes Association also offered advice on how to prepare a healthy meal and what components should be a part of everyone's plate.
Smithsonian Latino Center
The <a href="http://latino.si.edu/aboutus/" target="_blank">Smithsonian Latino Center </a>works to celebrate and recognize Latino culture and history. Its many programs, l<a href="http://latino.si.edu/programs/youngambassadors.htm" target="_blank">ike the Young Ambassadors Program</a>, help foster Latino talent and promote them within the community and for the American public in general.
Smithsonian Latino Center
At the Smithsonian Latino Center's booth kids were able to work with clay and learn the traditional coil method.
Johnson & Johnson
Johnson & Johnson offered a great initiative called "Donate a Photo." The process worked similarly to Instagram, users download the app and can upload any photo to the system, except with this one Johnson & Johnson will donate $1 to the charity of the users' choice each time they upload a photo.
Some booths wanted participants to have a good time and Hyundai was one of the best examples. A group energized the crowd with Zumba lessons all afternoon.
Hyundai also looked to promote the slogan "adelante, moving ahead" by promoting various Latino icons and influencers like Girls Scouts of the U.S.A. CEO Anna Maria Chavez and community activist and attorney Salvador Longoria.
Toyota, one of the main sponsors of the NCLR conference, had a lot of activity at their booth with mariachis stopping by to serenade the audience.
One of the most positive things about Toyota's presence was their gift to the community. The company gave a car away by having people fill out a form explaining what they'd use it for. The winner was Amparo Nuñez, who would use it to provide healthcare services to under served Latinos in her community.
Wells Fargo offered fun for all ages. The booth consisted of a carnaval-like game where contestants would compete for a soccer ball.
Contestants at the Wells Fargo booth compete for a soccer ball.
Maryknoll<a href="http://www.maryknoll.org/home/" target="_blank"> is an organization that unites catholic Hispanics with missions around the world.</a> Their "respecting religions" slogan diffirentiates them from other organizations.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
The U.S. immigration and customs enforcement booth's presence was particularly interesting at a conference where one of the main topics was immigration reform due to their banner which read "Identifying, arresting and removing aliens who present a danger to national security or are a risk to public safety, as well as those who enter the United States illegally or otherwise undermine the integrity of our immigration."
A soccer field provided children and adults alike to play one of the sports favored by Latinos.
Several soccer games broke out during the Expo.
REI offered the public a fake outdoor experience. Any participant could put on the REI gear and have their picture taken in front of a green screen. They could then choose the outdoor background of their choice for their photo.
REI let people "virtually" travel to beautiful outdoor destinations.