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Health fair gets community backing in Sacramento

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The Shine Self-Wellness Expo at the George Sim Community Center on Saturday featured doctors, karate and community vendors in an effort to bring health awareness to interested parties.

Event chair and director Evette Tsang has worked to bring local businesses and thought leaders together in order to promote a community collaboration of what good health can mean to a community.

University of California, Davis Clinical Professor and President of the Chinese American Medical Association of California, Xin-Nong Li, explained how health awareness can decrease costs for everyone.

“We have the same concerns of health as Americans do…we want to promote simple lifestyle changes, healthy eating habits and regular exercise… this will decrease the cost of medications people need and decrease the amount of visits to the doctor…” Li explained.

Local city council member Kevin McCarty of District 6 agrees with Li, “There are 7 million people in California that don’t have medical insurance… healthy lifestyle changes will make insurance affordable by driving the cost of healthcare down.”

“I am a big supporter of health and wellness,” McCarty went on to say.

The future for this type of wellness fair is clear and is on the rise according to Tsang. Her company, Shine Wellness Inc., promotes wellness on a community level by engaging local businesses to help spread the word of good health. Sponsors and vendors at the event included Soil Born Farms, Costco, Tian Chao Herbs and Acupuncture, NuSkin, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, UC Davis Medical Center and The Stockton Boulevard Partnership.

“When a community can get together like this and share ideas about health… it helps everyone,” said Terrance Johnson of the Stockton Boulevard Partnership. “A healthy community brings prosperity to an area and all who are involved benefit.”

Shine Wellness Inc., plans on promoting more healthy events this year by highlighting healthy living.

“There is a ‘Stubborn Loser Contest,’ which is monitored by doctors for patients who need to lose weight, and a Women’s Tea Party to address middle-age women’s issues,” says Tsang. “Anyone who is interested in participating can go to our website, www.shineselfwellnessexpo.org.”

The George Sim Community Center is located at 6207 Logan St. in Sacramento.


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