Health and Well­be­ing Expo to be held


he start of the year is an im­por­tant time to con­sider your health and well­be­ing. The Palmer­ston North Con­ven­tion Cen­tre agrees and is or­gan­is­ing its third Health and Well­be­ing Expo on Wai­tangi Day, Fe­bru­ary 6.

In as­so­ci­a­tion with MidCen­tral Health as spon­sor, the Con­ven­tion Cen­tre saw the need to hold the event in the mar­ket­place early in the year as peo­ple re­alise the sig­nif­i­cance of good health in their lives.

‘‘There’s a gap in the mar­ket. We see health and well­be­ing as very im­por­tant to the com­mu­nity and this is a unique way of bring­ing providers to­gether to demon­strate their range of prod­ucts and ser­vices,’’ event man­ager Haylee Mutch says.

‘‘Wai­tangi Day is pop­u­lar with many peo­ple. It’s be­ing cel­e­brated at Te Manawa and the Su­per Stock Cham­pi­onships will at­tract thou­sands to its grand pa­rade in The Square.’’

The expo, which runs from 10-3pm, in­cludes such ex­hibitors as Chi­ro­prac­tic House, Breastscreen, Bay Au­di­ol­ogy and The Preg­nancy Cen­tre.

In all, over 60 ex­hibitors are tak­ing part. With free health ad­vice, sam­ples, sem­i­nars, give­aways, prize draws etc, there’s some­thing for the whole fam­ily.

En­try is free with the first hun­dred through the door re­ceiv­ing a goodie bag.

Over the pre­vi­ous two years, ex­hibitors have found the Expo valu­able in terms of ser­vices sold and ad­vice pro­vided.

The Con­ven­tion Cen­tre’s size, lo­ca­tion and con­fig­u­ra­tion also makes it an ideal place to hold such an ex­hi­bi­tion.

‘‘The expo show­cases our fa­cil­i­ties and our abil­ity to cre­ate such as event,’’ Haylee says.

In ad­di­tion to the ex­hibitors, zumba, pi­lates and spin classes on a bike will be held out­side, at the front of the Con­ven­tion Cen­tre in Main St. The Fire Brigade and Plun­ket will be in at­ten­dance and, be­cause the whole fam­ily is en­cour­aged to at­tend, chil­dren’s ac­tiv­i­ties such as a bouncy cas­tle and a colour­ing in com­pe­ti­tion will be or­gan­ised.

Up­stairs on the mez­za­nine, MidCen­tral’s PHO is hold­ing a Well Child Expo which will ex­hibit health ser­vices – education for chil­dren (0-5) and their fam­i­lies.

Spokesper­son Vicki Row­den an­tic­i­pates about 20 ex­hibitors. In ad­di­tion there is en­ter­tain­ment and ac­tiv­i­ties for chil­dren which al­lows par­ents an op­por­tu­nity to chat with the health pro­fes­sion­als.

‘‘With 2500 peo­ple at­tend­ing last year, this expo has be­come a pop­u­lar and im­por­tant event in the lives of Manawatu peo­ple,’’ Haylee says.

The ex­hibitors are: A1 Wheel­chair Ser­vices, Uni­ver­sal Health Palmer­ston North, Jour­neys to Well­be­ing, Pain Man­age­ment and Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion Ser­vices, En­able New Zealand, Step For­ward Orthotics, Re­shape NZ, The Preg­nancy Cen­tre, Cen­tral PHO, Chi­ro­prac­tic House, To Ohu Auahi Mu­tunga, Bay Au­di­ol­ogy, Skin Can­cer and Mi­nor Surgery Clinic, All About You Hyp­nother­apy, Ra­dius Pep­pertree Care Cen­tre, Zenith Fit­ness, MDHB Col­lab­o­ra­tive Clin­i­cal Path­ways & Clinic Net­works, Lido Aquatic Cen­tre, CHIP, Links Train­ing, Throm­bo­sis/Hae­mas­ta­sis, Ad­vance Care Plan­ning, Snap Fit­ness, The Ath­letes Foot, Breast Screen Coast-to-Coast, World­wise Trav­ellers Health & Vac­ci­na­tion, MidCen­tral Health – Re­nal Ser­vices, Sands Manawatu/Horowhenua, MidCen­tral Com­mu­nity Phar­macy Group, Cen­tral Pri­mary Health Org Men­tal Health Ser­vices, CPHO/ Arthri­tis NZ, Ac­cess Pain, Tools to Change, ATP (About the Peo­ple) Fit­ness Club, Re­gional Ma­ter­nity Qual­ity and Safety Pro­gramme (MDHB & WDHB), Manawatu/Horowhenua/ Tararua Di­a­betes Trust, Flex Fit­ness and MDHB Con­ti­nence Ser­vices.

Prize spon­sors are: Healthy Food Guide, RedSeal, Nes­tle, The Herb Farm, Toy World, Shoe Clinic, Pi­o­neer New World, SMC Events, T Mar­ket Fresh, ABE’s Bagels, Snap Fit­ness, Moth­ers Na­tures, KMART and Bay Au­di­ol­ogy.

The first 100 peo­ple to visit the Wai­tangi Day Health and Well­be­ing Expo at the Palmer­ston North Con­ven­tion Cen­tre will re­ceive a free goodie bag.

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