BRISTOL â€“ The Central Connecticut Chambers of Commerceâ€™s Second Annual Health & Wellness Expo will feature businesses, nonprofits and organization that want to better the publicâ€™s well being.
â€śHealth and wellness means different things to different people, and there will be something for everyone,â€ť said chamber President and CEO Cindy Bombard. â€śThere will be something to improve the well being of the whole body, and the whole family. Wellness is so important, even financial well being.â€ť
Attendees can have all their health and wellness related questions answered at the expo, explained Marketing and Communications Director Katie Dâ€™Agostino. â€śHealth and wellness isnâ€™t just getting your cholesterol checked, itâ€™s about your mental health,â€ť she said.
The free expo will feature 53 health-and-wellness related vendors, which is more than last year, and there is still room for roughly 10 more, Dâ€™Agostino said. There will also be health screenings and chair massages, she added.
It is a family-oriented event with a lot for kids to do, including the chance to touch an ambulance and a fire truck, Dâ€™Agostino said.
Something new this year is that attendees can take a kindness rock donated by Dunning Sand & Gravel and painted by students at Lincoln College of New England, Bombard said. There will also be art materials available to paint a kindness rock to leave for someone else to take, she added.
â€śYou make one, you take one,â€ť Bombard said. â€śGiving a kindness rock to someone that may not feel well can really brighten their day and improve someoneâ€™s mental well being.â€ť
The Bristol Police Department and Covanta, the cityâ€™s resource recovery facility, partnered for a take back drug program. They will be collecting unused, expired or unwanted prescription medication to properly dispose of, Bombard explained.
The Exchange Club of Bristol will be at the expo selling healthy food to raise money for the Bristol Hospital Parent and Child Care Center.
The club has partnered with the center to continue its goal of helping families with anger management, finances, discipline, child development and other related issues, explained Bristol Hospital Public Relations Director Chris Boyle.
â€śThey have been a generous supporter of the Parent and Child Center for many years. Itâ€™s because of them and all our donors that they have really made a very positive impact on dozens and dozens of local families,â€ť Boyle said. â€śThey have really had a wonderful impact in the community and thatâ€™s largely due to the Exchange Club.â€ť
The expo will also feature a performance by the Bergamoâ€™s Martial Arts Demo Team from 10 to 11 a.m. and then another from the Get Up N Dance competition team from 11 to 11:40 a.m. Follow that will be a childrenâ€™s hip hop workshop from 11:40 a.m. to noon, which is open to the public.
The expo is slated for March 10 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Bristol Eastern High School, 632 King St. Presentations will take place in the schoolâ€™s gym, and the expo will take place in the cafeteria, Bombard noted.
For more information, contact the chamber at 860 584 4718, Info@CentralCTChambers.org or online at CentralCTChambers.org.
Lorenzo Burgio can be reached at 860-801-5088 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Vendors for the expo are as follows:
All About Real Estate
Arden Courts of Farmington
Bristol Development Authority
Bristol Fire Department
Bristol Lions Club
Clinical Sports Labs
Companions & Homemakers
Corporate America Family Credit Union
CT State Police
Feel Delicious Health Coaching
Fresenius Kidney Care
Human Resources Agency
Lighthouse Medical Equipment
Lincoln College of New England
Midwestern Connecticut Council of Alcoholism
Middlewoods of Farmington
New England Urgent Care
Nx By Julie
Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine Centers
Premier Healthcare Training & Consulting
Prudence Crandall Center
Refuse To Be A Victim
Shady Oaks Assisted Living
Shepard Meadows Therapeutic Riding Center
Superior HealthCare of Connecticut
The Edge Fitness Clubs
United Way of West Central Connecticut
VA CT Healthcare System
Veterans Strong Community Center
Wheeler Regional Family YMCA
Young Living Essential Oils
YWCA New Britain