Health, wellness to be spotlighted at expo Saturday in Bristol

Published on Tuesday, 6 March 2018 20:24
Written by Lorenzo Burgio


BRISTOL – The Central Connecticut Chambers of Commerce’s Second Annual Health & Wellness Expo will feature businesses, nonprofits and organization that want to better the public’s well being.

“Health and wellness means different things to different people, and there will be something for everyone,” said chamber President and CEO Cindy Bombard. “There will be something to improve the well being of the whole body, and the whole family. Wellness is so important, even financial well being.”

Attendees can have all their health and wellness related questions answered at the expo, explained Marketing and Communications Director Katie D’Agostino. “Health and wellness isn’t just getting your cholesterol checked, it’s about your mental health,” 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, D’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, D’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.

“You make one, you take one,” Bombard said. “Giving a kindness rock to someone that may not feel well can really brighten their day and improve someone’s mental well being.”

The Bristol Police Department and Covanta, the city’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.

“They have been a generous supporter of the Parent and Child Center for many years. It’s because of them and all our donors that they have really made a very positive impact on dozens and dozens of local families,” Boyle said. “They have really had a wonderful impact in the community and that’s largely due to the Exchange Club.”

The expo will also feature a performance by the Bergamo’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 children’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 school’s gym, and the expo will take place in the cafeteria, Bombard noted.

For more information, contact the chamber at 860 584 4718, or online at

Lorenzo Burgio can be reached at 860-801-5088 or by email at

Vendors for the expo are as follows:


Alcoholics Anonymous

All About Real Estate


Arden Courts of Farmington

Atria Farmington

Avon Products

B Jewels


Bling Shop

Bristol CERT

Bristol Development Authority

Bristol Fire Department

Bristol Hospital

Bristol Lions Club

Camp Canine

Clinical Sports Labs

Companions & Homemakers

ComPassion Dental

Corporate America Family Credit Union



Crystal Bees

CT State Police

Farmers Insurance

Feel Delicious Health Coaching

Fresenius Kidney Care

Hartford HealthCare

Human Resources Agency

Lighthouse Medical Equipment

Lincoln College of New England

Massage Envy

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

Raptis Orthodontics

Refuse To Be A Victim

Saporito Chiropractic

Shady Oaks Assisted Living

Shepard Meadows Therapeutic Riding Center

Superior HealthCare of Connecticut

TapOut Fitness

The Edge Fitness Clubs

Thrivent Financial

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

Posted in The Bristol Press, Bristol, Central CT Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday, 6 March 2018 20:24. Updated: Tuesday, 6 March 2018 20:26.