Penn State Berks hosts 9th annual Guts and Glory Health and Wellness Expo

The Sept. 24 event is expected to attract 1,000 community members
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WYOMISSING, Pa. — The ninth annual Guts and Glory Digestive and Wellness Expo will be held on September 24, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Penn State Berks. The expo was founded by the nonprofit My Gut Instinct and is sponsored by Penn State Health St. Joseph.  

Guts and Glory is a free, large-scale, nonprofit, community-wide celebration of health and wellness for community members of all ages. The event includes a farmer's market, educational booths, community outreach information, fresh locally sourced food made by local chefs, fitness zones, yoga, massage, meditation, and wellness experts, just to name a few of the attractions. This year, the event will also include the "MEGA Colon" exhibit, which provides visitors with an interactive, educational experience of stepping through a large-scale model of the human colon that highlights common conditions.

The mission of the event is to celebrate the spirit of health and wellness and to encourage visitors to find inspiration to take an active role in their own well-being. This event is designed to educate those who are curious about health and wellness, elevate the understanding of the health conscious, and raise community awareness of the importance of digestive health and overall wellness through the free exchange of information and resources.

“We aim to provide people with health knowledge and empower them to take action to live healthier lives and become beautiful from the inside, out, because we believe beauty starts on the inside,” said founder Dr. Aparna Mele. “We also want to show the community that eating and living healthy is not only easy to do, but it can also be fun and delicious too.”

Mele is a board-certified gastroenterologist who has been with Digestive Disease Associates, based in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania, since 2007. She came to the field of medicine with extensive experience in international relief work overseas and is actively involved in local philanthropic work directed towards patient education and promotion of societal health.

The Guts and Glory Digestive and Wellness Expo is a far-reaching, educational, inspiring, feel-good event. The event has enjoyed extensive media coverage and public accolades for its health movement in the community. Numerous community sponsors and volunteers make the event possible.

Event-day volunteers and participant registration for sponsors, nonprofits and food vendors is open and details regarding sponsorship types and on-line registration can be found on the My Gut Instinct website. For additional information, as well as healthy recipes and inspiration, visit @mygutinstinct and on Facebook and @gutsyandmini on Instagram. Media can contact Mele for more information at 610-374-4401 ext. 1003, or [email protected].

About My Gut Instinct Inc.

The mission of My Gut Instinct, a non-profit organization, is to collaboratively inspire and empower the community to embrace health, and to eat and live better for longevity. The organization aims to increase awareness of preventable diseases that impact community health. Their focus is on preventing these avoidable diseases through motivating the community to make healthy choices, promoting cancer screenings, and raising awareness for various health concerns.