5:30 p.m., Jan. 31)
Thousands flock to Ottawa Health and Wellness Expo
By Fred Sherwin
co-author Janet Podleski spoke to a full house
at the Ottawa Health and Wellness Expo on
Saturday. Fred Sherwin/Photo
freezing rain in 2014 and frigid temperatures last year,
the Ottawa Health and Wellness Expo finally got a break
from the weatherman this year resulting in a record turnout.
5,000 people flocked to the Shenkmen Arts Centre on Saturday
to get tips and information on everything from the health
benefits of a gluten free diet to the fitness benefits
of pole dancing.
crowds have been great," said vendor Brendan Gorman
from Eating Well Ottawa. "I
brought a thousand business cards and a thousand post
cards and they were all gone by noon."
Eating Well Ottawa enables customers to order organic
food products, including fresh produce, online and have
them delivered to their door at a significant discount
to grocery store prices.
record crowds at this year's Health and Wellness
Expo were drawn by a combination of great
speakers and a diverse selection of exhibitors.
the many people who dropped by Gorman's booth was Ottawa
Mayor Jim Watson who had nothing but good things to say
about the Expo.
love these types of shows, because they promote our local
small businesses, while also promoting the importance
of maintaining a healthy lifestyle," said Watson.
Physiotherapy owner Jason Bellefleur has been promoting
his business at the Expo for the past five years.
the time the doors opened it's been really steady. We're
really happy with the turnout," said Bellefleur who
also chairs the Orléans Chamber of Commerce.
Fitness Centre owner Adrian Delorey has been coming to
the Expo for the past eight years. He too was thrilled
with both the crowds and the exposure.
are our people. The people of Orléans. If you're
a business in Orléans that has anything to do with
health or fitness you need to be here," said Delorey.
type of vendor feedback is music to the ears of event
organizer Dr. Nathalie Beauchamp, herself a local business
been awesome this year. It's really, really exciting,"
said Beauchamp who is an author and the owner of the Sante
Chiropractic and Wellness Centre. "Everybody seems
to be having a good time. The people I've talked to are
really happy with the diversity of our vendors and our
keynote speakers have been really well received."
for the attendance estimate, Beauchamp was very positive
but equally noncommittal. "I will let you know this
at the end of the day but you could be right," said
Beauchamp grinning from ear to ear.
year's keynote speakers were naturooath, Dr. Jonathan
Beatty, and Looneyspoons author Janet Podelski.
regalled a full house in the 500-seat Bill Shenkman Hall
with the story of how she and her sister Greta quit their
jobs to focus on coming up with the recipes for their
best- selling cookbook. She also gave a number of tips
and strategies on how to eat, rather than how to diet.
in the day, several competitors battled it out for the
Be Fit Challenge title. The eventual winner was Yves Lanthier
who is a personal trainer Vtt Fitness in Vars.
year's Leadership in Health Awards went to Francesca Davila
from innergiZing in the Think Right category; Natalie
Rivier from the Canadian School of Nutrition in the Eat
Right category; and Ruth Lewis-Tratch from Radiant Horizons
Health & Wellness picked up the reward in the Go Green
story was made possible thanks to the generous support
of our local business partners.)
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