The Temple Convention & Visitors Bureau will present the 2018 Live Well Expo 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Frank W. Mayborn Civic and Convention Center. The expo will showcase local vendors, and will feature health and wellness experts and specialists providing information and demonstrations.
Nancy Glover, CVB manager, said this will be the second year for the bureau to host the event.
“Last year we did it on a Wednesday in cooperation with a Baylor Scott & White event, and it was overwhelmingly successful for a Wednesday afternoon,” she said. “So this year we decided to move it to a Saturday to give more people an opportunity to come out, and we’ve partnered with some area organizations that are going to do some really fun activities outside of the Live Well Expo’s main vendor area, so we’re really excited about all the different things we’ll have to offer that day.”
Glover said the vendors will have different things to offer including samples and product information.
“We’re really trying to showcase the businesses in Temple that represent a wellness lifestyle, and we’re really trying to celebrate those businesses and showcase them for the citizens of Temple.”
The expo floor will be divided into three sections: Live Well, Move Well and Eat Well. The Live Well section will focus on overall quality of life. The Move Well section will focus on physical fitness and Eat Well will focus on nutritional wellness.
Throughout the day various demonstrations will be given on the stage by local experts. Glover said these will include a panel on different diet trends, a cooking demonstration from Natural Grocers, and a special presentation during the lunch hour of the Impact Award winner.
“The Impact Award goes to a person who has shown outstanding support for the Convention and Visitor’s Bureau over the past year,” Glover said.
This year’s winner is Bennie Walsh, president of Temple NAACP and board member for the Temple Railroad and Heritage Museum.
The lunch hour will also feature a presentation from Billy Riggs, a magician and motivational speaker who will show everyone how healthy living can be fun.
Even more demos and fitness competitions will be going on outside the main ballroom. A 5K hosted by Crossfit DSP will begin at 8 a.m. to kick off the expo. Proceeds from the 5K will benefit Barbells for Boobs, a non-profit organization that mobilizes people to take action against breast cancer.
Glover said there will also be booths for the Cultural Activities Center, the Temple Railroad and Heritage Museum, and other fun places within the city.
“It’s not all about just eating healthy and working out,” she said. “It’s also about de-stressing and having those places in town where you can just go and let loose and have some fun, so we’ve got those represented as well.”
More information about the Live Well Expo and links to sign up for the 5K and other competitions are online at discovertemple.com.