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Gander is getting serious about healthy living

April Goldsworthy (left) and Sandra McKellar are sharing information about the many services offered by the Gander Women’s Centre at today's Health and Wellness Expo.
April Goldsworthy (left) and Sandra McKellar are sharing information about the many services offered by the Gander Women’s Centre at today's Health and Wellness Expo.

From perusing the dozens of vendors, it’s clear that the second annual Health and Wellness Expo has a strong message: Gander is serious about healthy living.

The event, which is taking place today at the Steele Community Centre in Gander, is looking to promote information about physical, mental and spiritual health throughout the region.

“It was so well received (last year) that we thought it would be great to make it an annual event,” explained Sandra McKellar, executive director of the Gander Women’s Center.

McKellar said that it’s important just to make the information available to the public.

For example, the Gander Women’s Center wants to make women aware of their counseling and educational workshops.

Jerry Knee, a member of the Health and Wellness committee, stressed that the event is a place for every one to learn.

“This is an avenue for people young and old to get some information about health and wellness and bring that back with them,” he said.

Last year, the expo had 40 vendors from all across central Newfoundland and 500 people explored the displays.

“Our goal was to exceed those numbers for this year,” said Knee.

The second annual Health and Wellness Expo in Gander is emphasizing a healthy approach to mind, body and spirit.

Central Health, the Gander Fire Department and Canadian Blood Services are just some of the organizations that have come out to promote health and wellness.

Sister Sandra Smith, from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, said that she liked the events multifaceted approach.

“A person is physical, social, mental and spiritual. There’s a lot of aspects to healthiness and a lot of those are addressed here today,” she said.

Health Minister John Haggie also made an appearance, speaking to vendors and spectators alike.

Haggie highlighted that health, both physical and mental, touches every aspect of daily life.

“You can’t have one without the other,” he said.

Furthermore, Haggie said he was heartened by a wellness-based approach to healthy living, visible in the many different vendors.

“We have a system, that I’m responsible for, that has unfortunately really evolved to be a disease-focused system,” said Haggie. “We’re trying to change that.”

The doors opened to the public at 11 a.m. and will close 7 p.m.

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