Weekly Feature

2010-05-12 / Lifestyles

Healthy Living Exposition coming to Buffalo Bills Field House


T he fourth annual Buffalo Wellfest — Western New York’s largest healthy-living exposition — will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 15, at the

Buffalo Bills Field House, 1 Bills

Drive, Orchard Park.

The event is sponsored by BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York, the region’s largest provider of health insurance. Because it is the title sponsor, the company is providing complimentary ticket admission to all Blue plan members and their families.

“The idea of this is to introduce the community to the myriad of wellness resources available in our community,” said Nancy Murphy, president of Harmony Expositions, a healthy-living marketing company. “The Wellfest model brings together so many wonderful varieties.”

The exposition will feature free health screenings, a farmers market, demonstrations, financial services and raffle prizes, according to the Wellfest Web site.

“In addition to the vendors... the event will include interactive football stations challenging participants’ fitness status through field-goal kicking, agility skills, strength and endurance ... and tours of the locker room facilities will also be offered,” according to a memo from Murphy.

The free, confidential health screenings, provided by Catholic Health and Great Lakes Health, will be available to screen peak respiratory flow, blood pressure, cholesterol and blood glucose, in addition to spinal analysis, vision testing, bone density and bone mass index.

The farmers market will offer fresh fruits, vegetables and flowers, and healthy-food vendors at the healthy-living market and food court will offer samples for tasting.

Events on the demonstration stage will feature acupuncture, airbrush tanning, ballroom dancing, martial arts, salsa dancing and yoga.

The prizes raffled off will be massages, weekend getaways, gift baskets and healthy treats. Each attendee earns one raffle ticket simply by walking through the door. To enter the contest for the prizes, fill out the back of the admission ticket and drop it at the raffle desk located in the lobby.

The third Wellfest will take place from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 2, at the Buffalo Convention Center, Convention Center Plaza, Buffalo.

For more information and to print complimentary Wellfest tickets, visit the Web site www. buffalowellfest. com.

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