Duluth wellness fair aims to promote a healthy mind and body

By KBJR News 1

March 29, 2014 Updated Mar 29, 2014 at 7:46 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) -- Duluth community members came together on Saturday for the fifth annual Northland Health and Wellness Fair, held at the University of Minnesota Duluth, to learn more about organizations that are promoting the well being of the city.

"We added 20 more vendors this year, we have UMD athletics in the back playing basketball with the kids," said Tiffany Kari, health and wellness coordinator for St. Louis County.

Hundreds of people and kids explored exhibits and participated in activities that challenged their physical abilities from rock climbing to basketball.

People could also get an inside look at how their body is functioning.

"We are exposing people to new technology. What we are doing is a nerve scan using thermography. This is just looking at nerve function using a thermograph," said Dr. Robert Torgrimson, a chiropractor in Duluth. He was conducting neck scans to help people identify areas of tension and how to treat it.

Another group focused on the importance of having a healthy mind, and a good way to do that is through finding the humor in life.

"We want to laugh more, there is a lot of benefit to laughing," said Michele Hatcher, adviser for the UMD chapter of Active Minds. "Actually raising your cheeks in a laugh mode actually releases endorphins to your brain and increases your over all mood, so simple things can help."

Most importantly, organizers of the fair say health is about having fun, and bringing people together is how it starts.

"It's a community effort, it matters to everyone and it takes the whole community to come together to increase our wellness," said Kari.

The fair also included informational work shops from gardening tips to how to manage stress and eating habits.

Posted to the web by Kati Anderson.