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Health expo offers tips and resources for a healthier lifestyle

With people all over the world more and more health conscious, there is an overwhelming amount of information available

With people all over the world more and more health conscious, there is an overwhelming amount of information available on how to live a healthy lifestyle.

To help sort through that information, Lacombe Seventh-day Adventist Church is hosting a health expo from 5-8 p.m. on April 27 at the Lacombe Memorial Centre.

Darlene Blaney, volunteer health coordinator for the Seventh-day Adventist Church, said that the expo is about helping people make simple changes to become healthier before it becomes a serious problem.

“People are trying to find other natural ways of improving their lifestyle and their health,” said Blaney. She added that people are also looking for ways to prevent health concerns before they start. “Prevention is key.”

The expo will consist of eight different booths, each covering one of the different ‘health laws’ of a healthy lifestyle.

These laws are nutrition, exercise, water, sunlight, temperance, air, rest and trust.

“When you are able to fulfill each of these categories, each of these laws, then you will be able to have a more optimal, balanced life,” said Blaney.

She added that just because someone doesn’t have a bad habit like smoking doesn’t mean that person is healthy because not drinking enough water can make you just as sick.

Each booth will have activities regarding the health law that it represents. For example at the fitness booth, the Harvard Health Test will tell participants what kind of fitness level thy are at according to their race and gender while visitors to the rest booth can enjoy a five minute back massage.

One feature of the expo that Blaney highlighted was discovering your health age.

She said the program uses computer analysis of individuals’ habits and lifestyle patterns to determine how their health age stacks up against their chronological age.

Other tests like blood pressure and BMI calculation will also be featured at the expo.

After going through all the booths, those who attend the expo will have the opportunity to review everything they have learned and ask any questions they have about the information they have gained, said Blaney.

She added that those in attendance will also have the opportunity to be connected with resources so that they use what they have learned at the expo to continue living a healthy lifestyle.

Health is something that affects everyone in the family and so the health expo is designed to be a family activity, she said.

“The nice thing about this is it’s not for any specific age or gender; it’s for everyone,” said Blaney. She added that families should promote the idea of healthy living as a family as well.

She also said that, despite what many might think, achieving a healthy lifestyle is not a difficult task.

“I think there is a lot of confusion out there,” said Blaney. “Everybody has different perspectives and myths and ideas.

“Really, it comes down to some basic guidelines.”

Health expos like this have been held all over the world and exist to give people an idea of where they stand in regards to a healthy lifestyle, she said.

She went on to say that this allows people to take control of their own lifestyles and health management.