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(Posted 8:30 a.m., Jan. 12)
1,500-plus learn how to eat right, be fit, think well and go green at Health and Wellness Expo

By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

The Ottawa Health and Wellness Expo drew more than 1500 people to the Shenkman Arts Centre on Saturday where they learned how to eat right, be fit, think well and go green. Photo supplied

More than 1,500 people braved the freezing rain on Saturday to attend the 8th annual Ottawa Health and Wellness Expo where they learned how to eat right, be fit, think well and go green.

Event organizer Dr. Nathalie Beauchamp took another giant step in her quest to make Ottawa Canada's healthiest community by bringing together more than 110 exhibitors including several local fitness centres and personal trainers, naturopaths, alternative medicine practitioners, health food suppliers, and green product distributers to list just a few.

At the end of a incredibly busy day, a midly exhausted Beauchamp was thrilled that despite the inclement weather the overall attendance was on par with last year's event.

"Considering the weather it went very well," said Beauchamp. "We started off a bit slow, but by noon we had a steady flow right up until the end. The feedback has been awesome and the exhibitors are all really happy."

The Santé Chriopractic and Wellness Centre owner was quick to credit her support team led by Leanne Richardson,Rob Dale and Chantal Gray for putting together another well organized event.

"If I didn't have the team behind me there's no way I could do this. They've been amazing and they allowed me to concentrate on speaking and visiting with the exhibitors," said Beauchamp.

The main attraction at this year's Expo was keynote speaker Adria Vasil whose book "The Ecoholic Body" has become an earth-friendly guide to all things healthy and environmentally friendly.

A new element introduced this year was the Be Fit Challenge which was won by the team from Greco Lean & Fit Orléans, led by co-owner Zach Neilson.

This year's Expo wouldn't have been possible without the support of a number of sponsors including Goodlife Fitness, the Kardish Health Food Centre, the Heart of Orléans BIA, Simluc Contractors Ltd., Sure Print and Graphics, Scotiabank, Metro News, Bullfrog Power, the Shenkman Arts Centre and Dust, Evans, Grandmaitre.

(This story was made possible thanks to their generous support of our local business partners.)

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