Health expo takes shape at Cherry Lane

Sonja Waller wants to give everyone some encouragement to keep the resolutions they made for the new year.

Sonja Waller wants to give everyone some encouragement to keep the resolutions they made for the new year.

That’s why, she said, now is the perfect time of year for the new health forum she has organized at Cherry Lane shopping centre this weekend, bringing together a dozen health-oriented businesses for a one-stop information session and show for shoppers.

“Week three of January, that’s when people give up on their resolutions,” said the organizer of the New You Health Expo. “They need something to motivate them and get them back on track.”

Everybody makes their new years’s resolution, they are going to get fit, become healthier, the new you kind of thing, she said, which is why she wanted the event to take place while those pledges are still fresh.

The 12 vendors she has brought together represent a variety of health and wellness services, and all are going to be providing information and demonstrations.

“You can go have a massage on site, you can have an acupuncture treatment and then go down and see another vendor and get them to design a workout specifically for you at the gym,” said Waller. “Everything is there, absolutely everything you can think of that is going to help you become a healthier, happier you.”

It is the time of year to think about health — the South Okanagan Healthy Living Fair is also coming up at the end of February, offering Healthy Heart screening with medical professionals for pre-registered participants along with 60 health and fitness exhibitors.

But Waller thinks there is an appetite for more information about wellness.

“I think people are very open to finding out new and unique ways to get healthy and fit,” she said. “And it’s a perfect location, Cherry Lane, for people to come in and have a look.”

The New You Health Expo starts today at 10 a.m. and runs until 8 p.m., then again from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Waller said one of today’s major events will be vitamin specialists on site at London Drugs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., while Saturday is going to feature speakers and demonstrations on stage, starting at 9 a.m. with a tai chi demonstration. That will continue with new presentations on the hour until 4 p.m. Saturday.