Press Release 2016

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Women's Health and Fitness Expo Returns for 16th Year

This year's theme is "Experience the Benefits of a Healthy Lifestyle"


Lake Katrine, NY — Spring has returned to the Hudson Valley, which means that the annual Women's Health and Fitness Expo returns May 7th. This year the Expo is celebrating its 16th year of educating the community on the importance of eating well, exercising and living healthier with a theme suited to all ages: Experience the Benefits of a Healthy Lifestyle.

In addition to over 100 booths and exhibits covering both traditional and alternative medical practices, seminars and workshops will cover an eclectic mix of topics from hypnosis to menopause to managing stress. Fitness classes range from tai chi to zumba to conditioning and include something for everyone.

“Most of us tend to fragment our health into little compartments -- what we eat, how or if we exercise, when we get checkups, or if we meditate or take vitamins, supplements, or medication,” said Dr. Debra Karnasiewicz, the Expo's founder and director. “But the various disciplines are not at odds with each other."

After spending the day with an amazing array of speakers, chefs, nutritionists, fitness experts, trainers and physicians, Expo attendees will come away with tools and ideas needed to help lead a healthier, more active and more fulfilling life.

Select specialists will be staffing The Dr. Is In Booth, which gives attendees the opportunity to speak privately with a medical professional, and there will be over 20 free health screenings available. A kid’s zone, farmer’s market, spa zone, and a variety of topics geared towards men will also be featured this year.

There will be seminars from fitness guru Amanda J. Young and Forks Over Knives contributor Michaela Karlsen as well as lectures from Dr. Laura Corio of The Change Before the Change on everything women need to know in the decade before menopause and authors Ilsye Shapiro and Hallie Rich of Should I Scoop Out My Bagel? And 99 Other Answers to Your Everyday Diet and Nutrition Questions to Help You Lose Weight, Feel Great, and Live Healthy. This year's special guests also include certified health counselor and pro chef Cathy Vogt and humorous health educator Joel Weintraub, who will speak about how humor can increase creativity, productivity, memory and decrease disease.

Started in 2000, the Expo has attracted a dedicated community of followers, including hundreds of attendees, volunteers, local businesses, wellness professionals and healthcare institutions and has quickly become the largest women’s health event in the Hudson Valley.

Speakers at previous Expos include sex therapist Dr. Ruth Westheimer, Olympic gold medalists gymnast Shannon Miller, softball pitcher Jennie Finch, chef Sara Moulton and Super Bowl champion Jeff Feagles.

The 16th Annual Women's Health and Fitness Expo takes place on May 7 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Miller Middle School, 65 Fording Place Road, Lake Katrine, NY. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door. For more information, visit