Health Expo to be held this weekend

This weekend the LMC will be filled with health experts and healthy lifestyle seekers with an information exposition.

This weekend the Lacombe Memorial Centre (LMC) will be filled with health experts and healthy lifestyle seekers with an information exposition.

The Lacombe Health Expo is taking place on Sept. 20th from 1-5 p.m. in the County Room at the LMC. Admission and all tests are free. The event is open from anyone over the age of 16.

“People everywhere are becoming increasingly more health conscious,” said event organizer Esther Yaceyko.

“As they sort through the abundance of information available, they might wonder if the lifestyle they have chosen is enough to make a positive impact on their health. People may be omitting one or more key factors for complete health and wellness.”

The event will feature screenings for blood pressure and lung capacity, a body fat analysis, a Harvard Fitness Test and more. As well, attendees could receive a free anti-stress massage and a consultation with registered nutritionist and health expert Darlene Blaney.

“There are so many people who feel they are living or are trying to live a  healthy lifestyle. They could have a healthy diet, but if they aren’t exercising they will still have weaker bones and weaker muscles. We can still have an overweight problem if we think we’re eating well but indulge in a lot of ice cream for dessert or something like that,” said Yaceyko.

“It’s a matter of trying to get people to realize that it is easy to have a healthful life if we follow all the health principles – sleep well, eat well, exercise, and all the other aspects.”

Yaceyko said the expo will focus on eight principles of health that include nutrition and exercise and the importance of water, sunlight, temperance, air quality and rest.

“This event is about the total picture of health. It’s simple and it’s free. We’re trying to show that you don’t need expensive equipment or fancy cookbooks to be healthy – it can be very simple and easy to follow a healthy lifestyle,” she said.

“For the testing we offer, we can do the tests for anyone over the age of 16 to seniors. It’ll take people about 45 minutes to make the rounds, and if they have questions they can ask those at the consultant table.”

The Canadian Red Cross will be attending the event to share their Emergency Preparedness program, as well as information on medical equipment loans.

Agencies such as the Heart and Stroke Foundation will also be represented.

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