2018-04-13 / Community

Wellness event to be held April 21

Local health practitioners and students of the UNE osteopathic medicine program the greater Biddeford and Saco community to attend the “Thrive” wellness symposium 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday, April 21 inside the Pepperell Mill Campus. With a theme, “Discover Your Own Path to Health,” the interactive afternoon will include conversations with health practitioners, food demonstrations, osteopathic manipulation demonstrations, creative movement activities, music and connections with health resources. The afternoon will culminate with a message from Roxi Suger, owner of angelrox clothing and its flagship store, Suger, in downtown Biddeford. All are invited afterward to Banded Horn for live music and social hour.

Heart of Biddeford helped gather the group of health practitioners after Joyce Morrissette, a registered nurse who focuses on wellness within the health care industry, met with Delilah Poupore, director of the Main Street program.

“We started a ‘Healthy Main Street’ initiative a few years ago, urging businesses to implement more wellness programs and weaving more healthy activities into our events. Since that time, all these health-related businesses have come to Biddeford, and it’s amazing to see them collaborate with each other as well as with Dr. Guy DeFeo, dean for clinical education in UNE’s College of Osteopathic Medicine program,” Poupore said.

Dr. Aline Potvin, who has a business in North Dam Mill, said she is excited to be part of the local planning group for the event.

“It’s an opportunity for people to consider some of the many ways you can approach health and happiness in your life. During my session, I will take people outside to explore our connection to nature.”

The co-owners of Equilibrium Physical Therapy, Dixie and Noel Squires, said they joined the group because they share a deep interest in community wellness.

“We are a group of local health care providers with the collective goal of inspiring our community to move, nourish and care for minds and bodies in a way that fosters lives that thrive,” said Dixie Squires.

Dr. Rebecca Brouillette, doctor of chiropractic, is a Biddeford resident and business owner. She has a passion for pediatric and family chiropractic care and finds it exciting to be a part of a group of like-minded health care practitioners.

The cost for the afternoon is $15. However, no one is turned away for lack of funds. Groups who wish to attend can contact Heart of Biddeford to discuss a reduced group rate. More information on the conference offerings and how to get tickets are on the Eventbrite website; search: thrive positivity symposium.

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