9:30 p.m., Jan. 31)
Thousands flock to Ottawa Health and Wellness Expo
By Fred Sherwin
The Orléans Star
years Health and Wellness Expo attracted
thousands of health conscious people to the
Shenkman Arts Centre where they got to meet
more than 120 exhibitors. Fred Sherwin/Photo
of area residents flocked to the Shenkman Arts Centre
on Saturday to hear and see the latest products and services
meant to make their lives heathier, fitter and greener
at the 11th annual Ottawa Health and Wellness Expo.
years Expo featured more than 120 exhibitors pitching
everything from massages and fitness classes to the benefits
of natural honey and the latest gluten free food products.
variety of exhibitors impressed Lisa Burke who was visiting
the Expo for the third time in the last four years.
love coming here because you never know what youre
going to find. I also dont remember it being this
busy. Its a great way to spend a few hours seeing
whats out there, said Burke who counted the
many food samples being offered by some of the food vendors
as a highlight.
probably tried more than I should have, but its
all so good. Im definitely going to take some home
size of the crowds on Saturday impressed a number of the
exhibitors who said they rivaled last years record
year the crowds get bigger and bigger, said Massage
and Treatment Centre co-owner Amanda-Lynn Smith. Its
nice about the show is that everyone who comes to the
show is very health conscious, so you know as a business
in the health industry that people are coming with the
right idea in their minds Theres no need to convince
anyone. People are already aware of a lot of the services
theyre just trying to find out which one works best
an added touch, The Massage and Treatment Clinic was offering
massages at their booth in exchange for a $10 donation
to the Orléans Cumberland Community Resource Centre.
the many people who dropped by Gormans 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.
Fitness owner Adrian Delorey has been coming to the Expo
for the past nine years. Its a perfect way for him
to meet potential new clients, although he spends a lot
of his time meeting former clients who bring him up to
date on their fitness journey.
is our ninth time here. The turnout is always great regardless
of the weather. In terms of health and wellness shows
this is the one I never miss. Its always on my calendar,
get to see a lot of old clients which is very rewarding.
They tell me that they got started at 180-Degree Fitness
and that I gave them the motivation to keep going even
after they stopped coming to the gym. But we also meet
a lot of people who are ready to start getting healthy
and change their lives and thats what its
highlight of this years Expo, as in years past,
were the keynote speakers. Dr.
Daniel Pompa and popular blog host Jimmy Moore both spoke
about the benefits of cellular detoxing, and fasting.
And judging by the questions raised by members of the
audience, their message was striking the right chord.
between the two speakers, Expo organizer Dr. Nathalie
Beauchamp from Santé Chiropratic gave out this
years Leadership in Health Awards.
Be Fit Award went to Yves Lanthier from VTT Fitness in
Vars; the Think Well Award went to Julie Richer from Richer
Transformation; the Eat Right Award went to Lynda Turner
from Fauxmagerie Zengarry, and the Go Green Award went
to Velofix Ottawa Mobile Cycling Repairs.
it was all said and done, Dr. Beauchamp was thrilled with
the turnout that continues to get bigger as the years
happy with the turnout, Dr. Beauchamp said as the
event began to wind down. At 10 oclock it
was almost full already and the crowd flow was much better
this year, so were learning how to work with the
space and make the experience a lot better for the people.
My team has really done a terrific job.
Beauchamp plans to focus on her business for the next
few months before she begins planning next years
event. She also has a new book coming out that will hit
the shelves this spring.
story was made possible thanks to their generous support
of our local business partners.)
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