Park City wellness fair today at City Park
May 29, 2009
Brett Adams said he was sitting on his couch one day noticing he’d gained a little weight. He realized there were dozens of options in Park City for addressing that problem, but didn’t really know where to start.
Rebecca Roberts, a trainer at Velocity Fitness, knows great ways to get people in shape, but felt like she was having trouble getting the word out.
The two separately reserved time at City Park on May 30 for events designed to introduce the community to specialists in healthy living. Once they realized it, they joined efforts to create the Wasatch Wellness Fair.
From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., the park will be filled with physical trainers, yoga practitioners, dieticians, chiropractors, masseuses, physicians, aromatherapy and even acupuncture experts. Every half hour vendors will give presentations on their areas of expertise.
"Our purpose is to network with other professionals and businesses in this community. We want to bolster each other’s businesses and meet other owners to be able to refer tourists, visiting friends and relatives to different businesses offering what people are specifically looking for," Roberts explained.
Adams said he wants to promote fun, fitness and community.
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"I say that and people here say, ‘How can I be involved? How can I participate?’" he said.
Adams is an airline pilot and because he’s gone for work so often, he said he often feels disconnected from the community. He envisions this event as a fun and interactive way for people to mingle and learn more about one of this community’s greatest passions: living an active lifestyle.
Roberts couldn’t agree more.
"Everyone here has made the same life choice. Their goals might not be the same, but attitudes are all healthy," she said.
Vendors paid a fee to have booth space. That money will be donated to a health-related non-profit group the organizers will vote on, Roberts explained.
The fair today features live music, food and dozens of people talking about yoga, bicycle maintenance, fly fishing, rock climbing, Pilates and more. Because building community is the goal of the event, the fair features "something for everyone," Roberts said. In her own practice she’s helping a cyclist prepare for a major mountain bike championship. She’s also helping a woman in her 80’s get the most from her walking routine.
"We want to attract the whole community and entice them to partake of everything we have to offer here. It’ll be a great way to kick off the summer season," she said.
Eileen Dunn, owner of Done To Your Taste Catering, will be a vendor at the park promoting a branch of her business called Done To Your Health offering a wide variety of services promoting healthy living.
Because food is her specialty, she’ll be at the fair talking about raw food diets as well as other super-foods that are organic, sustainably-produced and nutrient-rich, she said.
"There’s such a great source of knowledge in town that locals don’t know about. There are some fabulous talented people," she said.
People who ride bicycles to the event will be entered into a raffle for prizes. Adams and Roberts hope to make the event annual and include to health care professionals in the future.