Healthy U: An educational event like no other

2013-04-07T01:00:00Z 2013-04-09T13:05:04Z Healthy U: An educational event like no otherJennifer Pallay Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
April 07, 2013 1:00 am  • 

Healthy U is in session and ready to teach new lessons in healthy living.

The one-day event, taking place April 13 at Avalon Manor, is presented by Creative Solutionz Inc. and The Times Media Company.

Guests can attend healthy living at workshops of their choosing, hear how to maximize their interior space during a special talk by a DIY Network star, enjoy a healthy lunch and spend time in between visiting vendors.

“It’s an event that really tries to bring the community together,” said Healthy U creator and organizer Lourdes Castellanos. Special guest speakers, businesses, not-for-profits and vendors come together to focus on the areas of health, health and wellness, nutrition, fitness, environment and style.

“There’s nothing like it in the area. It’s targeted toward people who want a change but don’t know where to begin. You may have heard buzz words like ‘clean eating’ or ‘acupuncture.’ This is really an opportunity for people to spend the day and discover what appeals to them and what will work for them in their lifestyle.”

Tickets are on sale now and vendor space and sponsorships are still available.

“We have great supporters,” Castellanos said. “It’s been a good partnership with the community. We’ve had different businesses step forward and offer to participate this year.”

More than 300 guests attended the first Healthy U held in 2012.

“Last year people didn’t know what to expect but they were pleasantly surprised,” Castellanos said. She received great feedback from attendees, ranging from teenagers to seniors and both men and women.

Among this year’s 25 workshops are Intro To Clean Eating, Yoga to Heal the Heart, Removing Invisible Toxins and Contaminants, Acupuncture and Traditional Oriental Medicine, Diabetic Cooking and Green Smoothies to name a few.

The presenters are all professional and local business owners. A complete list and description of workshops is available at YourHealthyU.com.

This year’s headliner is DIY Network’s favorite kitchen crasher, Alison Victoria. The Chicago-based interior designer will present “A Healthy Home is a Happy Home: Creating Empowering Spaces.”

“She’s really excited,” Castellanos said, especially being a Chicago native. Healthy U focuses on all aspects of healthy living, not just diet and exercise.

“We try to choose someone where everyone can relate to the topic.”

Several local vendors on site will offer samples of healthy snacks and drinks. This year there will also be more not-for-profit vendors like a multiple sclerosis walk group, Castellanos said.

Guests will enjoy a healthy lunch and have the chance to win door prizes donated by vendors and local business.

Tickets are $40 and are available at Times office locations in Munster and Crown Point or may be purchased online and at the door.

For more information on tickets, vendor space or sponsorship opportunities, visit YourHealthyU.com or call (219) 678-8255.

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