Health expo aims to promote a healthy body, mind, spirit and community

Taranaki Health Explosion expo organisers Michelle Yandle and Meegan Care hope to help Taranaki people with their health.
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Taranaki Health Explosion expo organisers Michelle Yandle and Meegan Care hope to help Taranaki people with their health.

Chronic stress is the biggest health issue facing New Zealanders, a health practitioner says.

Research shows stress can damage immunity, raise insulin levels and drive metabolic dysfunction that can lead to weight gain, insulin resistance and diabetes.

"A lot of illnesses start from that so that's by far the most important issue," craniosacral therapist Meegan Care said.

Michelle's healthy raw banoffee cheesecakes are a real hit.
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Michelle's healthy raw banoffee cheesecakes are a real hit.

Care has teamed up with three other health, nutrition and wellness experts to organise Total Health Explosion, an expo at the New Plymouth Racecourse on April 29.

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Seventy exhibitors will be displaying their products for people to taste and try out and guest speakers, including paleo guru and reality TV star Art Green and nutritionist and clinician Cliff Harvey, will be holding talks on a range of topics.

Michelle Yandle hoping to prove not all health food tastes bad.
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Michelle Yandle hoping to prove not all health food tastes bad.

There will also be an opportunity for people to try yoga, pilates, zumba and meditation classes.

Care said in general there was a growing interest in health and she expected a large crowd at the expo.

"More people are realising that their health is important," she said.

Meegan Care believes chronic stress is a big problem in New Zealand.
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Meegan Care believes chronic stress is a big problem in New Zealand.

"We want to let people know we're here and not just some hippy, dippy thing."

Fellow organiser and nutrition coach Michelle Yandle said the idea behind the expo was to introduce the public to those involved in the industry.

"Our aim is to help promote not just a healthy body, mind and spirit but also a healthier community," Yandle said.

"The expo gives Taranaki people a chance to connect with people and try new stuff," she added.

Nutrition was an important element to getting healthy and she said health food were delicious, giving her raw banoffee cheesecakes as an example of great tasting food that was also good for you. 

Tickets can be purchased for $15.95 at www.eventbrite.com

 - Stuff

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