Lifestyle expo highlights community’s resources for staying healthy
© — Photo by Andrew Robinson/The Telegram
Emma Warren of Paradise won a swimming pass on a bean bag toss at the Healthy Lifestyle Challenge Expo Saturday at the Mount Pearl Glacier.
By Andrew Robinson
It was a somewhat odd sight to immediately encounter smokers when entering the Mount Pearl Glacier for an event dedicated to promoting physical health and fitness.
Perhaps the presence of those engaging in a well-documented unhealthy habit was suitable, given the Health Lifestyle Challenge Expo’s focus on helping people discover ways to change their habits for the benefit of one’s health.
Organized by the City of Mount Pearl in collaboration with a number of local community groups, Saturday’s first-time event appeared to attract lots of families. It featured exhibits set up by non-profit health organizations, local sports associations, yoga and dance groups, and the provincial government, among others.
Coun. Paula Tessier, chairwoman of Mount Pearl’s community services committee, said the expo is part of ongoing efforts to promote a healthy and active lifestyle in the community.
“This was an opportunity, in partnership with (event sponsor) the provincial government, to actually host an expo to profile community groups and organizations and some local businesses that help promote healthy and positive lifestyle changes,” said Tessier. “So they’re here to promote what they do and to give people lots of options.”
Children had plenty of opportunities to burn off some calories by either taking part in a gymnastics demonstration or taking a tumble in a bouncy castle. The city also gave prizes to youth, including free swims at the local pool.
Tessier said the expo did a great job in highlighting different ways people in Mount Pearl can positively affect their health and fitness.
“There’s something for everybody,” she said. “Even the longtime existing community services that are available, even those are evolving to include different demographics. I was just talking with people from the Mount Pearl School of Dance. They have classes for adults that want to learn to dance. Dancing is, of course, an excellent form of physical fitness, and it’s a lot of fun.”
Tessier hopes the event will become an annual one and motivate Mount Pearl residents to make positive lifestyle changes.