The first Queens Place Emera Centre Health and Fitness Expo is slated to take place from June 1 to 3.
Amy Wolfe, program coordinator at Queens Place, says the event is for people to have another way to become involved with healthy and active living.
The three-day event will have a number of activities for the community to participate in. Although the time hasn’t been set, Wolfe says there will be a walk for memories for the Queens Manor on Friday.
That evening the Queens Place five- kilometer fun run and walk is set to happen. Neil Raymond, general manager of Queens Place, says the event is fun and is for people of all ages and fitness levels.
“It’s going to be on the outdoor trail that we have here,” says Wolfe.
Five kilometres is three laps of the trail, says Raymond. The fun run and walk will be in the evening at about 5 or 6 p.m.
“It’s going to be for walkers and runners, (wheelchairs and strollers), and we’re not keeping times or anything,” says Wolfe.
A third event happening on the first night is LaCrosse, says Raymond.
“LaCrosse Nova Scotia is coming in to do a try-out day or demonstration,” he says. “It’s open to pretty much all ages.”
Those who want to participant must provide their hockey helmets, gloves and masks. LaCrosse Nova Scotia will have other equipment, such as balls and sticks, says Raymond.
Raymond says the goal would be to have LaCrosse weekly if there were enough interest.
On Saturday and Sunday, exhibitors are going to be in the lobby. Wolfe says the exhibitors will include retailors and organizations promoting health and fitness.
Additionally, there will be fitness classes and discussion sessions on Saturday and Sunday. The cost is $10 for the day and $15 for the weekend for members, and $15 for the day and $20 for the weekend for non-members.
Julie D’Arcy, a physiotherapist at Queens General Hospital, is set to lead a discussion Saturday from 10 to 11 a.m. about common injuries and posture, says Wolfe.
Healthy eating for weight loss is another discussion set to take place that day from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., led by Tina Witherall, a dietitian at Queens General Hospital.
Dr. Al Doucet is slated to lead the third session, exercising with chronic pain, from 1 to 2 p.m.
Wolfe says Saturday’s Amazing Race is set to happen from 2 to 4 p.m. Teams will include two to four people.
“It’s all fitness oriented. You’ll be running all around Liverpool, going to different places where you have to complete a fitness-related activity,” she says.
‘Fitness from the Inside Out: Intro to Meditation,’ is slated to be presented by Sahaja Meditation Nova Scotia on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Nutrition for sports and athletic training is slated to be from 1 to 2 p.m. and presented by dietician Patricia Hamlin.
There will be a number of fitness classes offered Saturday and Sunday, including Pilates, Tabata boot camp, sculpt and burn, yoga and kettle bell.
The Heart and Stroke Foundation is set to unveil an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) for Queens Place in the main lobby at 2 p.m. on June 2.
“Health and wellness are all intertwined with fitness,” says Wolfe about the importance of an expo like this.
“Exercise is also medicine, and prevention is better than reactionary, so we’re just trying to teach people about that.”
For more information about the health and fitness expo, contact Queens Place at 902-354-4422.