Well, you are not alone, and the 2012 CrossRoadsNews Health, Wellness & Beauty Expo is here to help.
Jennifer Parker, editor and publisher of CrossRoadsNews, says that during the expo, which takes place noon to 5 p.m. on Jan. 28 at the Mall at Stonecrest, all the focus will be on getting children, youth and adults moving so that they can live a more active and healthy life.
“We know that it is sometimes hard to get our exercise on,” Parker said. “That is why we will show you through the examples of others how fun and easy it can be to get started.”
The expo kicks off at noon with exercise motivator Rae Rae Clark and the Eagle Essence Dance Troupe from Atlanta’s Whitefoord Elementary School.
Like any machine, the body needs to be in motion to keep in motion, so personal trainers, fitness trainers and exercise coaches will demonstrate the moves they use to motivate clients to exercise weekly. The demos will be done during the 2012 Fitness FaceOff, which takes off at 1 p.m. from the Main Stage in front of Sears on the mall’s lower level.
Eight contestants will vie for the Fitness FaceOff Trophy and a grand prize of a table at the April 28 Best of East Metro/Small Business Expo at the Mall at Stonecrest.
A panel of celebrity judges will select a winner. For a look at this year’s competitors, see pages B8-B11.
Throughout the five-hour expo, every performance and demonstration from the stage will be focused on encouraging children, youth and adults to get busy, be more active, and eat food that will feed their bodies rather than harm them. And the operative word will be fun.
The dancers, trainers and Life Chef Asata Reid will demonstrate how easy and enjoyable it can be to exercise and cook and eat healthy food.
Performers will range from 8-year-old dancers with Jenae’s Dance Experience to 70ish line dancers. This year, the Sassy Divas, a line-stepping female group, will show women that they can be as sexy as those booty-shaking geezers in the Beulah Boys.
This year’s title sponsors are Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Hughes Spalding, DeKalb Medical, and 100 Black Women Decatur-DeKalb Chapter.
Nearly three dozen exhibitors, including hospitals, health centers, physicians, dentists and other health care professionals, health insurers, training institutes, and government agencies will discuss health issues and offer resources on some of the issues that plague our community.
Expo-goers will have their pick of free screenings for diabetes, hypertension, HIV/AIDS, vision, and BMI. There will be flu shots, a detox foot bath demonstration, and point-of-pain and biochemistry checks.
Parker says beauty was added to the name of the expo, which is in its seventh year, to showcase spas and beauty providers.
The Health, Wellness & Beauty Expo is one of four community expos that CrossRoadsNews stages annually at the 1.3 million-square-foot Lithonia mall. The others are the Summer Camp Expo in March, the Small Business Expo in April, and the Family & Adoption Expo in August.
Since its launch in 2006, the Health & Wellness Expo has attracted up to 10,000 people to the mall every January.