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Improve your health at Radish Winter Wellness Fest

Temperatures are falling. Holiday stress is rising. Cold and flu season is at hand. There’s no question that winter brings its own health challenges — and you’ll find area resources to help you meet those challenges Dec. 6 at Radish magazine’s Winter Wellness Festival presented by Genesis HealthPlex.

Radish is a montly magazine dedicated to healthy living that is published by the Moline Dispatch Publishing Co.

The free Radish Winter Wellness Festival will offer an afternoon of health tips, education, local foods and fun, all aimed at helping you maintain and improve your health and well-being throughout the cold months ahead.

The festival will take place from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, at the newly opened Genesis HealthPlex, 2140 53rd Ave., Bettendorf. Festival vendors will be located in a heated tent adjacent to HealthPlex, and visitors will have the opportunity to be among the first to tour the new medical facility.

More than 40 area businesses, organizations and health professionals will be at the festival with information, demonstrations and products to share.

These will include yoga and tai chi instructors, personal trainers, and fitness experts who can offer advice on ways to meet fitness goals and stay physically active through the winter.

Representatives from NAMI-National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, the Quad Cities Transcendental Meditation Center and the Lamrim Kadampa Buddhist Center also will be at the festival to share insights and suggestions for maintaining mental health and well-being.

And while touring the HealthPlex, visitors to the festival will have the opportunity to speak with physicians accepting new patients and to learn about the services available.

Ken Croken, Genesis Health System vice president of corporate communications, marketing and advocacy, said, “First and foremost, we hope people who have not yet found a medical home will come and tour the facility, meet our health-care providers and learn more about this state-of-the-art facility.”

The HealthPlex houses 17 primary-care providers, lab services and a walk-in clinic, as well as an imaging center that includes MRI, CT, ultrasound, bone-density testing, digital mammography and general X-ray equipment.

The Winter Wellness Festival also will showcase healthy eating ideas for the winter months with all-day cooking demonstrations and food samples featuring local ingredients. Area growers, including those affiliated with Buy Fresh Buy Local-Quad Cities and the Quad Cities Food Hub, will contribute to the seasonal fare.

Visitors to the festival also can pick up ideas to try at home. Representatives of Slow Food Quad Cities will be on hand with winter recipes and information about winter classes and events. In addition, area grocers will be sharing favorite healthy tips and tastes for the season.

Heritage Natural Foods Store, Greatest Grains and doTERRA Essential Oils will be among those with booths at the festival, offering information about herbal teas, essential oils and other helpful home remedies to keep winter bugs in check.

And for those looking for ways to relax during the busy holiday season, representatives from Serenity Massage Center and The Institute of Therapeutic Massage & Wellness, as well as Pam Kaufman of Heartland Healing Massage Therapy, will be at the event to discuss the benefits of massage, reiki and myofascial release. Free sample sessions will be available.

The Winter Wellness Festival also will offer free workshops throughout the afternoon. For more information, visit radishmagazine.com.

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