Health fair promotes wellness locally

Anyone interested in health and wellness should head to the Victoria Conference Centre on Saturday for the Vitamin Shop Health Fair.

Anyone interested in health and wellness should head to the Victoria Conference Centre on Saturday for the Vitamin Shop Health Fair.

The fair will feature more than two dozen vendors and eight speakers, including Brenda Watson — a PBC-TV health educator, and Dr. Michael Murray  — a world-leading authority on natural medicine who has dedicated his life to educating physicians, patients and the public about the healing power of nature.

“If you are interested in your health, the health fair is the place to be,” said Doug Hart, assistant general manager of the Vitamin Shop.

The Vitamin Shop was founded in Victoria in 1984 by Bruce Reid. Reid’s mission was to offer consumers high quality brand name nutrition supplements at affordable prices.

The business now has 35 employees, including a licenced herbalist and certified product advisors. To celebrate its 30th anniversary last year, the Vitamin Shop held a health fair. It was so successful, they decided to make it an annual event.

The fair takes place from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Admission is by donation. All proceeds will be split between the Mustard Seed and the Good Food Box — a program run out of the Fernwood Community Centre that supplies fresh fruits and vegetables to families throughout the year.