Steps to healthy living

South-Okanagan Similkameen Healthy Living fair is on Saturday at the Penticton Trade and Convention Centre.

Kirby Layng who operates City Centre Fitness demonstates one of of the pieces of fitness equipment that will be featured at the gym's display during the Okanagan Similkameen Healthly Living Fair March 14 at the Penticton Trade and Convention Centre.

Kirby Layng who operates City Centre Fitness demonstates one of of the pieces of fitness equipment that will be featured at the gym's display during the Okanagan Similkameen Healthly Living Fair March 14 at the Penticton Trade and Convention Centre.

Engaging people of all ages from youth to seniors, the Healthy Living Fair promotes steps to living a healthier life.

“We have been growing every year and what we have changed is adding some younger components, so we have the youth involved and get families out. It is not just about people coming in and going through the health assessments anymore,” said Kirby Laing, Healthy Living Fair co-chair.

That is demonstrated in the wide-range of topics on the agenda Saturday at the Penticton Trade and Convention Centre. From the YES Penticton Youth Project, which works to give youth a voice while leading healthy, productive lives to Interior Health presenting their My Health is Sexy Campaign, encouraging all adults to get tested for HIV. They will be among the more than 70 exhibitors at the fair.

“The event is free of charge too. We didn’t want to have any restrictions. We could charge a couple of dollars for admission but we want this event to be all inclusive so anyone from the community can come,” said Lang.

It is also good for the businesses who are exhibiting their services. The event allows organizations to sell memberships, recruit new members, volunteers and clients.

“Exhibitors get to show what they do in a more intimate setting where they can talk to people one-on-one,” said Lang, who also operated City Centre Fitness who will have a booth set up. “We show that we offer a variety of classes at our gym and we will have equipment people can try out. A lot of people are intimidated to go to a gym so getting a chance to see what we offer in this environment is great. We have some of the safest strength equipment out there for the middle age and older category.”

Keynote speaker at the fair is Dr. Art Hister, who take the main stage at 9:15 a.m. He will speak on the topic Simple Steps for a Longer, Healthier, Happier Life. Hister will use his humorous common-sense style to tell the audience the many simple steps just about anyone, no matter how young or old, no matter their previous medical history can take to achieve a healthier life.

The fair is also offering a free healthy living assessment for any community member who pre-registers at www.healthylivingfair.com. Each pre-registered participant will receive the For My Health! profile and plan assessment document that they will then take to each of the various healthy living assessment stations. Each station will host a health professional and support crew who will assist you with completing your assessment profile. The stations include assessments on activity levels, eating habits, stop smoking, blood pressure, well-being and goal setting.

The City of Penticton is offering two-for-one access to the community centre swimming pool or fitness room for completing participant evaluation after visiting all of the Healthy Living Assessment stations. The evaluation must be completed and dropped off at the City of Penticton Community Centre booth #28 to receive the pass.

A number of exhibitors will also be offering hourly draws, gift baskets, fitness passes and more.

The Healthy Living Fair takes place on Saturday, March 14 at the Penticton Trade and Convention Centre. Show hours are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and there is no entrance fee. Parking is free but limited.

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Schedule of events

9:15 a.m. – Keynote speaker- Dr. Art Hister.

10:30 a.m. –  Physical activity demo with City Centre Health and Fitness

10:30 a.m. – Healthy eating session with Lisa Kilgour

11:30 a.m. – Physical activity demo with Penticton Racquet and Fitness Club

Noon – Healthy eating session with Interior Health

12:30 p.m. – Physical activity demo with Get Bent Active Arts Society

1 p.m. – The YES Project Presentation

1:30 p.m. – Physical activity demo with City of Penticton Rec Department

1:30 p.m. – Healthy eating session with Raina Lutz

2:30 p.m. – Physical activity demo with Bodies on Power

3 p.m. – Healthy eating session with Sherry Medernach, diabetes educator from Interior Health