Healthy Living Assessments are a key feature of the annual living fair, which takes place in Penticton on March 10. File photo

First steps to a healthier lifestyle

Healthy Living Fair returns to the South Okanagan March 10

If you’re hoping to have your health and lifestyle assessed at this year’s Healthy Living Fair, the time is now to pre-register for a time slot.

Since its inception, the free Healthy Living Assessment has been a key feature of the Okanagan Similkameen Healthy Living Fair. Pre-registered participants can pick-up a personalized ForMyHealth! profile and plan, then visit various stations where health professionals will take your blood pressure. meet with you one-on-one to discuss stress, eating healthy, being fit and how to stop smoking.

When you’re done, a quiet room is available to sit down, relax and start setting your healthy-living goals. Take your completed ForMyHealth! profile and plan to your next annual doctor’s appointment to review and set-up a plan.

The Healthy Assessment Stations are made possible by funds from the South Okanagan Similkameen Medical Foundation, the Canadian Mental Health Association ForMyHealth! program, the CMHA Bounce Back counsellors, Summerland Guardian Pharmacy and the support of the nursing students at UBC-O nursing program.

The Healthy Living Fair is free but pre-registration is necessary for the Healthy Living Assessment. That can be done through the event’s website at All pre-registered participants are entered into a prize draw taking place at the end of the fair.

Along with the assessment portion, the fair hosts organizations with resources, products and services to support and encourage a healthy lifestyle. There will be activity demos, healthy eating sessions, speakers and over 80 information booths.

The Health Living Fair happens March 10 at the Penticton Trade and Convention Centre.

For more information on the 2018 event, to become a volunteer or exhibitors, or to pre-register for the assessment program visit

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