Healthy living on display

Colton Davies

More than 60 booths were set up at the 10th annual Healthy Living Fair at the Penticton Trade and Convention Centre on Saturday, and hundreds of people attended.

On display were businesses promoting physical and mental fitness, health products, testing and other health measures. There was also a lineup of speakers that discussed topics related to health and wellbeing.

One of the businesses there was KwikFit4u — a whole-body vibration exercise system.

"We promote health and wellness and prevention through the vibration machines. We supply the YMCA's, the PGA, Dancing With the Stars, all different sports, clinics, you name it," owner Laura Pelletier said.

Pelletier has been at the Healthy Living Fair for five years, and she goes to similar events in Canada and the United States.

She said Penticton's event provides a good platform for businesses.

"There's so much information here that people need. That's the reason I come every year, because there's a lot of draw here. There's a lot of help for everybody."

Almost all of the businesses that take part are based in the Okanagan, according to one organizer — who points out the exposure the Healthy Living Fair also brings.

"It's amazing how many people say they just moved here from Fort Nelson, or Vancouver or wherever... They say 'oh, I didn't know this was available," the event's co-chair Kirby Layng said.

Layng said organizers of the not-for-profit fair were pleased with the public turnout, and pointed out people of all ages were represented.

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