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January 24, 2013

It all starts with ‘U’

Expo in Corbin geared to enhancing your life

CORBIN — By Jeff Noble / Staff Writer

By Jeff Noble

Staff Writer

Did some of you make a New Year’s resolution to improve your life?

If that’s the case, an expo this Friday and Saturday at The Arena in Corbin just might be the perfect place to start.

From improving your health and financial well-being to fitness, fashion and healthy food, the two-day event is geared to enhancing the life you live.

Expo organizer Phil Smith said it simply comes down to making “A Better U.”

“We try to make it exciting as we can, because we want to get people into the show to do things, enjoy what’s offered and to have fun. But while they’re having fun and enjoying the experience, it may be an opportunity to save their lives,” Smith said.

Sponsored by Commonwealth Cancer Center of Corbin and Saint Joseph Cancer Center in London, it’s the fourth year for the expo. Admission is free, while a $5 donation is suggested for “Girls Night Out,” which are the events Friday from 4-9 p.m.

Friday morning’s festivities run from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., and is designated “Student Day,” geared for student field trips from area schools.

During that time, students and children can check out interactive learning and hands-on activities, along with a Kentucky State Police exhibit. Other activities include art projects, a kids activity zone, plus inflatables and games to keep them entertained. Students can also walk through a part of the human anatomy in a simulated display of the colon, the last part of a human’s digestive system. In addition, seminars and special guest speakers will be featured with an emphasis on the health of children and teens.

Smith noted Friday night’s “Girls Night Out” will feature large doses of fun, food, fashion and festive times.

“They’ll have a fashion show, called ‘Copper Penny’s Cancer Survivor Fashion Show,’ where the models are cancer survivors. They’ll also have a pre-recorded message explaining their stories on how they survived cancer. It’s their way of saying to those at the expo, ‘I beat cancer, look at me now,’” said Smith. “Debra Hille, who’s an artist from Berea, will be speaking on the topic, ‘Living a Better Life.’ And we’re also having a Zumba Party in Pink, called ‘Dancing for a Cure’ from 8-9 p.m. They’ll all be dressed up in pink to support the cause, and it will be a lot of fun.”

Other activities for “Girls Night Out” include makeovers and skin care consultations, a sampling of tasty treats, live music, some shopping and an art exhibit. Health screenings will be provided by Saint Joseph London hospital, and a candlelight vigil will be held by the American Cancer Society.

Saturday morning from 8-10 a.m. has been designated “Senior Saturday,” and while Smith said several activities are planned, a special treat will be bingo for the seniors. Along with the bingo, a ‘Walk for Wisdom’ will take place, plus health screenings, body recall and exhibits from AARP and American Mobility.

Activities for Saturday from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. are designed for everyone. Events include the “ABU (A Better U) Physical Challenge,” plus fun interactive activities and demonstrations, as well as live music and a fashion show.

While the expo is in its fourth year, Smith pointed out the emphasis on encouraging people to be checked for diseases like cancer didn’t begin until the event’s second year.

“There’s a reason for that. I’m doing this because my brother, Randy, had lung cancer. He was diagnosed with cancer in August 2009, and he passed away in December 2010. Randy was 52 years old at the time of his death, and he was a fantastic man and a great brother. That’s why we have free screenings for diseases, because someone’s life may be saved by the services the expo offers.”

During the two-day event, vendors will be on hand inside The Arena to exhibit services that are health-related or help people live better lives. Smith said vendors are welcome to participate as space is available for the expo.

More information on this weekend’s “A Better U” expo can be found by calling 606-682-3912, or by emailing abetteruexpo@gmail.com. You can also find them on their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/#!/pages/A-Better-U/, or following them on Twitter at twitter.com/ABetterUExpo.

From improving your health and financial well-being to fitness, fashion and healthy food, the two-day event is geared to enhancing the life you live.

Expo organizer Phil Smith said it simply comes down to making “A Better U.”

“We try to make it exciting as we can, because we want to get people into the show to do things, enjoy what’s offered and to have fun. But while they’re having fun and enjoying the experience, it may be an opportunity to save their lives,” Smith said.

Sponsored by Commonwealth Cancer Center of Corbin and Saint Joseph Cancer Center in London, it’s the fourth year for the expo. Admission is free, while a $5 donation is suggested for “Girls Night Out,” which are the events Friday from 4-9 p.m.

Friday morning’s festivities run from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., and is designated “Student Day,” geared for student field trips from area schools.

During that time, students and children can check out interactive learning and hands-on activities, along with a Kentucky State Police exhibit. Other activities include art projects, a kids activity zone, plus inflatables and games to keep them entertained. Students can also walk through a part of the human anatomy in a simulated display of the colon, the last part of a human’s digestive system. In addition, seminars and special guest speakers will be featured with an emphasis on the health of children and teens.

Smith noted Friday night’s “Girls Night Out” will feature large doses of fun, food, fashion and festive times.

“They’ll have a fashion show, called ‘Copper Penny’s Cancer Survivor Fashion Show,’ where the models are cancer survivors. They’ll also have a pre-recorded message explaining their stories on how they survived cancer. It’s their way of saying to those at the expo, ‘I beat cancer, look at me now,’” said Smith. “Debra Hille, who’s an artist from Berea, will be speaking on the topic, ‘Living a Better Life.’ And we’re also having a Zumba Party in Pink, called ‘Dancing for a Cure’ from 8-9 p.m. They’ll all be dressed up in pink to support the cause, and it will be a lot of fun.”

Other activities for “Girls Night Out” include makeovers and skin care consultations, a sampling of tasty treats, live music, some shopping and an art exhibit. Health screenings will be provided by Saint Joseph London hospital, and a candlelight vigil will be held by the American Cancer Society.

Saturday morning from 8-10 a.m. has been designated “Senior Saturday,” and while Smith said several activities are planned, a special treat will be bingo for the seniors. Along with the bingo, a ‘Walk for Wisdom’ will take place, plus health screenings, body recall and exhibits from AARP and American Mobility.

Activities for Saturday from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. are designed for everyone. Events include the “ABU (A Better U) Physical Challenge,” plus fun interactive activities and demonstrations, as well as live music and a fashion show.

While the expo is in its fourth year, Smith pointed out the emphasis on encouraging people to be checked for diseases like cancer didn’t begin until the event’s second year.

“There’s a reason for that. I’m doing this because my brother, Randy, had lung cancer. He was diagnosed with cancer in August 2009, and he passed away in December 2010. Randy was 52 years old at the time of his death, and he was a fantastic man and a great brother. That’s why we have free screenings for diseases, because someone’s life may be saved by the services the expo offers.”

During the two-day event, vendors will be on hand inside The Arena to exhibit services that are health-related or help people live better lives. Smith said vendors are welcome to participate as space is available for the expo.

More information on this weekend’s “A Better U” expo can be found by calling 606-682-3912, or by emailing abetteruexpo@gmail.com. You can also find them on their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/#!/pages/A-Better-U/, or following them on Twitter at twitter.com/ABetterUExpo.

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