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.