SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- On Sunday, February 26, The Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce (GWACC) is hosting the Trinitas Regional Medical Center Health and Wellness from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Snuffy’s Pantagis (250 Park Ave. in Scotch Plains). The expo is FREE to all attendees, and the first 200 participants will receive a free swag bag with special offers.

Exhibitors will represent a variety of health modalities and medical practices including chiropractic, acupuncture, Pilates, yoga, rehab therapy, meditation, mental health resources, senior care, exercise, dental, urgent care, and more.

“With the limitless choices of health and wellness practitioners, we thought the public would benefit from learning about local organizations and businesses that can provide valuable resources right in their back yard,” said Gene Jannotti, Executive Director of the GWACC.

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The keynote speaker is Dr. Ben Michaelis, a Manhattan clinical psychologist, author, and frequent mental health expert on The Today Show, Fox News, and MSNBC as well as numerous national publications.

At 1:00 p.m., Dr. Michaelis will discuss The 5 Habits for Creating a Healthy Mind:

  • Inputs and Outputs: What you put in your mind is what you get out of your mind
  • Why Speeding Up Can Help You Focus
  • Why Not Slowing Down is Not an Option
  • Why Being Playful is Serious Work
  • Why Charity and Love are Good for the World and Good for Your Brain

Dr. Michaelis will also sign copies of his book, Your Next Big Thing.

At 2:30 p.m., Dr. Antonio Pugliese, a Westfield Sports Chiropractor, will present “Conservative Prevention of Lower Back Pain”.  Besides his local practice, Dr. Pugliese, has treated professional athletes of MLS Soccer, professional football, national figure skating, Ironman triathletes, WWE wrestlers, and he has provided finish line medical services for NYC Marathon.

Members of the Trinitas staff will conduct health screenings and hold educational sessions on joint pain and fitness, cancer prevention, cholesterol, stroke prevention, immunization, asthma, sleep disorders, how to read food labels, and handling medical emergencies. There will also be demonstrations on Pilates, biofeedback, and the KIKA Method.

Children are welcome to come and enjoy a scavenger hunt and other fun activities.

The NY Blood Services bloodmobile will be on site from 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Come out to donate and help alleviate the current blood shortage. All donors will receive a free T-shirt.

For more information about this event, including a schedule of information sessions and a list of exhibitors, visit www.gwaccnj.com/trinitas-health-expo. For additional questions, contact Heather Bryant at hbryant@gwaccnj.com.