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Healthy New YOU Expo returns with focus on fitness, nutrition, meditation and more

The Healthy New YOU Expo offers a variety of health tips and demonstrations to Emory faculty and staff at five locations. Here, members of the 1599 Line Dancers, a group of employees who gather to dance during lunch breaks in their Emory office building, perform during the 2016 expo. Emory Photo/Video

This month, the Healthy New YOU Expo returns to Emory to help employees start the new year with health and wellbeing in mind. Set for Jan. 11, this popular event features cooking demos, mini fitness classes, meditation sessions, talks by wellness experts and exhibitors from the surrounding communities in the areas of nutrition, fitness, stress management, ergonomics, finance and more.

The expo will be held at five Emory locations this year.  The main site will be at the Woodruff Physical Education Center (WPEC) on the Emory University campus.

Satellite expos will be held at Emory University Midtown Hospital, Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital, Emory Johns Creek Hospital and Emory Orthopaedic & Spine Hospital. All of the expos will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

"We want all Emory employees to come by, even if they can only stay for a brief time,” says Dawn McMillian, wellness specialist with Emory Health & Wellness and coordinator of the expo. “We are very excited about some of the new activities we have in store for this year.”

One of the featured speakers this year is Emory graduate Alok Despande, who is presenting “Get Your Money Right,” a strategy course on how to organize finances and follow a seven-step path to gain financial freedom. “Alok will help you understand the headwinds you face when dealing with money and how to identify the most important number in your financial life,” McMillian says.

The main location in Woodruff PE Center will feature an exhibit hall where a vegan cooking demo will be spotlighted and a separate area for group activities like compassionate meditation sessions and self-defense classes. Another first for this year is a partnership with Emory Bread & Coffee House and allowing staff and faculty to donate non-perishable food items to help Emory students in need. 

Returning favorites include the Canine Assistants (come get a stress-busting snuggle from a therapy dog); the Expo Art Corner, where participants can create art to take home as a keepsake; and the always enjoyable chair massages.

McMillian says her hope for the expo is that “employees will get assistance with making whatever changes they wish to improve their wellbeing. Everyone deserves to start off 2018 with a healthy outlook.”

Register to attend the Healthy New YOU Expo.

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