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(Updated 1 p.m., Jan. 12)
Ottawa Health and Wellness Expo a huge success
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

Keynote speaker Laura Vanderhaeghe addresses the impact of hormones on aging at the annual Ottawa Health and Wellness Expo on the weekend. Fred Sherwin/Photo

If you measure the success of a trade show by the number of feet that walk through the door, than Ottawa Health and Wellness Expo held at the Shenkman Arts Centre this past weekend was off the chart as the attendance was by far the best they’ve ever had.

There was a constant stream of people from the moment they opened the door until well into the afternoon, with the peak period being from just before the appearance in the main theatre of keynote speaker Lorna Vanderhaeghe, and right after when the theatre was emptied.

The turnout was so great that many of the exhibitors ran out of hand-out material by the early afternoon.

Last year’s attendance was hampered by freezing rain, which kept many people at home. This year the weather was perfect for getting out and going to the Expo to see the latest in health and wellness products, services and advice.

The event is organized every year by local health and wellness guru Dr. Nathalie Beauchamp, owner of Sante Chiropractic.

The Expo has come a long from its humble beginnings at the MIFO Cultural Centre which started out with about 30 exhibitors and attracted fewer than 500 people. This year’s Expo had over 95 exhibitors and guest speakers, with over 3,000 in attendance.

One of the highlights of this year’s event was the Leadership in Health Awards. The Be Fit Award went to zumba instructor Carmin Rosillo. The Eat Well Award went to Chef Justin Scott from Kudos Cuisine. The eco-friendly store Terra 20 picked up the Go Green Award. Author and facilitator Cindy Teevens received the Think Well Award; and Dr. Joel Villeneuve was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award.

(This story was made possible thanks to the generous support of our local business partners.)

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