Biggest health fair in the region is this weekend in Parksville

The fair opens at 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday at Parksville Community and Conference Centre and admission is free

If you are passionate about health and wellness be sure to spend some time at the 20th annual Oceanside Family Health and Wellness Fair this weekend.

It is the biggest health fair in the mid island region and is being held at the Parksville Community and Conference Centre (PCCC) on March 28 and 29

Lisa Leger of Parksville Pharmasave who has worked tirelessly to bring the event to the community said there will be lots of great seminars, exhibits, demonstrations and product sampling and it is free to attend.

“This is the 20th annual. It is an important fair for the community because it allows people to find out about the services we have in this area.  People get information but also get to have some fun,” she said.

Every year the fair is stocked with exhibitors, doctors and health professionals from across B.C. and Canada to share what they know about living well.

The public is invited to browse through the exhibitor booths to taste, sample and learn about new health products.

Leger said you can also find out more about health issues that matter to you from health professionals in a number of break-out sessions.

“We have so many really good presenters. We need two days to fit them in.  Gary Anaka was really popular last year.  He will talk about how to avoid getting into trouble with dementia.”

Leger is also fired up about their Talk to the Doc presentations which she said provides a great opportunity for people who have frustrations with the Oceanside Health Centre.

“Doctors explain from their perspective what is going on in the health system.  They answer questions and sometimes it clears the air when people have beefs.”

Leger who is the women’s health educator at Parksville Pharmasave is excited to have Dr. Jerilynn C. Prior, as the keynote speaker on Sunday.

At 2 p.m. she will be presenting information on how to survive and thrive throughout the paradoxes of perimenopause.

The Professor of Endocrinology at the University of British Columbia and Scientific Director of the Centre for Menstrual Cycle and Ovulation Research (CeMCOR) is the author of the award winning book Estrogen’s Storm Season–Stories of Perimenopause and The Estrogen Errors–Why Progesterone is Better for Women’s Health.

Leger has admired Dr. Prior for many years and attended a conference at UBC that Dr Prior hosted for the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research; a group they are both members of.

She said women who are beginning or in the midst of their approach to the menopausal years will not want to miss this exceptional opportunity to hear from one of the giants in the field of hormonal health.

Leger said it is a rare opportunity to learn from someone of Dr. Prior’s calibre.

“Dr Prior has generated an impressive body of work over her career at UBC and has influenced the way her colleagues in endocrinology think about progesterone,”

Dr. Prior has spent her career studying menstrual cycles and the effects of the cycles estrogen and progesterone hormones on women`s health.

Her research and synthesis has shown the importance of progesterone as well as estrogen for women’s bone, heart and breast health and that perimenopause is hormonally distinct from menopause.

Dr. Prior has authored over 200 scientific papers and holds six patents. She was awarded the Distinguished Medical Research Lecturer Award in 2002.

Her seminar will review some of the research she has done on natural progesterone and she will share her insights into the particular needs of perimenopausal women.

The Fair March 28 and 29 at the PCCC runs from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Saturday and until 3 p.m. Sunday and admission is free of charge.

Just Posted

Quailicum Beach to ban all open burning

Prohibition takes effect at noon, Wednesday

Campfire ban coming into effect across West Coast

The Coastal Fire Centre says bans will begin on Wednesday

Qualicum Beach play wins 4 awards at BC festival

Collected Stories wins include Best Actress for Beth DeVolder

Bow Horn, Dashwood fire protection areas to be expanded

Two volunteer fire departments in the Regional District of Nanaimo electoral areas… Continue reading

Award-winning Qualicum Beach choir performs for Lt.-Gov

The Gardens Choir gets visit after winning Lt.-Gov contest for second year

Trudeau asks transport minister to tackle Greyhound’s western pullout

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he’s asked Transport Minister Marc Garneau to find solutions in Greyhound Canada’s absence.

Restaurant Brands International to review policy over poaching employees

One of Canada’s largest fast-food company to review ‘no-poach’ franchise agreements

Calgary family’s vacation ends in tragedy on Texas highway

Three people died and four others were injured in the crash

Union construction cost competitive, B.C. Building Trades say

Non-union firms can bid on infrastructure, but employees have to join international unions

Trudeau to shuffle cabinet ahead of Liberals’ team for 2019

Trudeau could lighten the work loads of cabinet ministers who currently oversee more than one portfolio

Car calls 911 on possible impaired B.C. driver

A luxury car automatically calls Princeton police to scene of crash involving alcohol

BC Games marks 40 years in 2018

Cowichan Games a milestone for BC Games Society

Group urges Canada to help Holocaust denier on trial in Germany

They’re concerned about Canada’s apparent unwillingness to come to the aid of Monika Schaefer

RCMP seek person of interest after elderly man left with ‘life altering’ injuries

Burnaby RCMP believe a male teen is a ‘person of interest’ in the case

Most Read