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Health Wellness & Sports Expo 2018 Returns to Chelsea Piers

The 7th Annual Stamford Health, Health Wellness & Sports Expo 2018, presented by WABC-TV, will showcase new attractions and life-saving health information when it returns to Chelsea Piers Connecticut in Stamford. Admission and parking are free for the event, which takes place Saturday, October 20 (10am-4pm) and Sunday, October 21 (11am-4pm).

The expo will feature a range of health education by Stamford Health, fun activities for children and the latest information, products and services from over 100 exhibitors. On Saturday, Stamford Health will display its da Vinci robotic surgical system, which helps surgeons perform minimally invasive surgery. 

Throughout the weekend, Stamford Health will offer cardiac risk assessments, blood pressure screenings and a special Stop the Bleed workshop from the American College of Surgeons. The workshop will teach the different ways to control bleeding, including direct pressure, wound packing, quick clot gauze and tourniquet use. 

Special new attractions this year will include a new, centrally located Demonstration Zone. Demos and presentations include Obstacles to Healthy Living with Isagenix, Organic Wines and Eco-friendly Vineyards with Val’s Putnam Wines & Liquors, Good to the Bone with OsteoStrong, and demos by EBMAS-CT Martial Arts and Title Boxing Club. Attendees can also take part in Dance It Out with Billy Blanks Jr., as seen on ABC-TV’s Shark Tank and owner of Blanks Studios in Greenwich. He will lead three of his dance fitness classes each day at no charge. Visit for the class schedule and waiver form. Also new is the Healthy Home Zone, which will feature exhibitors with products and services to transform homes into green, energy-efficient, safe residences for families.

Scuba classes with Capt. Saam’s Scuba School will return again this year; they will take place on Sunday afternoon at the Chelsea Piers pool. The cost is $35 per person, and participants will also receive a $50 coupon toward future lessons. To register, contact Capt. Saam’s at 203-327-2822. Visit for the class schedule and waiver forms. 

Special guests at the event will include Gillian Neff, News 12’s health reporter, and Jenna Hourani, RDN, a retail dietitian at Grade A ShopRite. Attendees can taste savory foods from 18 different restaurants, and healthy food and beverage exhibitors at the Healthy Restaurant Sampling Zone. Bring nonperishable food to support The Food Bank of Lower Fairfield County. Raffle tickets can be purchased for $5. Raffle prizes will be announced throughout the weekend. 

See pages 23 – 30 for Natural Awakenings’ eight-page Passport For Life, the event program in this issue. This is a handy section that will identify all participating sponsors and exhibitors at the event and will also enable attendees to collect stamps after visiting the exhibits. Those who visit a minimum of 40 exhibits and have their passport stamped by each exhibitor, will receive a complimentary day pass to Chelsea Piers Connecticut. 

AT&T will provide complimentary electronics charging stations during the weekend. 

In addition to Stamford Health and WABC-TV, sponsors include Grade A ShopRite, AT&T, EBMAS CT Martial Arts, Sacred Heart University, Val’s Putnam Wines & Liquors and more. Media sponsors are Hearst Media Services/The Advocate, Jen Danzi, Natural Awakenings Magazine: Passport For Life Sponsor, Natural Nutmeg Magazine, News 12 CT, Stamford Magazine/Moffly Media, Star 99.9 and 95.9 Fox. The event is created and produced by TMK Sports & Entertainment, a Greenwich, CT-based event-marketing company. 

For more information and to download waiver forms for scuba and Dance It Out classes, visit Follow on Twitter and Instagram at @HWS_EXPOS. Check out and YouTube @ Stamford Health Expo. Location: Chelsea Piers Connecticut, 1 Blachley Rd, Stamford. See Passport for Life event program, pages 23 – 30.

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