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Resolutions Expo set for Nov. 21 at Logan Valley Mall

The 2020 New Year Resolutions Expo is kicking off on Saturday, Nov. 21, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Logan Valley Mall.

The expo, sponsored by the Altoona Mirror, is designed to provide residents and holiday shoppers with the opportunity to meet with businesses and organizations, hear presentations and gather information to help them with planning and succeeding in their goals and resolutions throughout 2021.

This event is for everyone who would like to start the New Year strong with a resolution and keep it.

Many people wait until the end of December to start developing their new year resolutions, studies show.

Only 7% of adults in the U.S. say they stuck to their resolutions in 2019.

Dr. Ralph McKibbin of Blair Gastroenterology Associates along with Bonita Mazzei, BSN, RN, GCN, will be presenting “Gluten-Free: What You Need to Know” from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., including information on how to live with and manage Celiac disease, gluten sensitivities, following a gluten-free diet and genetic testing.

“One percent of the United States population suffers from Celiac disease, and 6% live with gluten sensitivities. That·s millions of Americans who may or may not know they need to incorporate a gluten-free diet into their lifestyle,” McKibbin said. “This expo is going to be a great way to have a conversation about Celiac disease, answer any questions, and update those who may have gluten intolerances or Celiac disease on new treatments, genetic testing, symptoms and more.”

Many resolutions center on getting a new job, finding a new career, or beginning on a new career path with a certificate or college degree.

Chris Farrell, director of the Blair Center, and Larry Brugh, dean of Career Services and Workforce Development at Pennsylvania Highlands Community College, will be presenting on “Pursuing Your Passion and a Successful Future.”

They will explore opportunities at Pennsylvania Highlands Community College to pursue a passion and set course on a successful future.

Also presenting will be Kellie Goodman Shaffer, president/CEO of the Bedford County Chamber of Commerce, with “Outdoor Adventures: Disconnect with Technology then Reconnect Physically, Emotionally, and Spiritually with Nature” from 1 to 2 p.m.

This presentation will include opom technology and reconnect with nature, information regarding local hiking, biking and walking trails, and how reconnecting with nature can impact your life physically, emotionally and spiritually.

Other New Year Resolutions Expo sponsors include Grane Hospice Care Altoona and Select Specialty Hospital of Jozzhnstown.

Businesses and organizations as vendors will be providing resources and information on how to eat for health; take the steps to quit smoking, drinking and abusing substances; become more active; have difficult conversations about hospice care; have your hearing tested; and volunteer opportunities.

The New Year Resolutions Expo is free for attendance and parking and is open to all ages.

Businesses and organizations· vendor spaces will be located in the walkways between the escalators at the Macy’s side of the Logan Valley Mall. All of the presentations will be in an adjacent store with limited, extra spaced seating. ControlAttendees of the expo are asked to follow current Centers for Disease Control an Prevention and Pennsylvania Department of Health guidelines, including social distancing and wearing a mask to keep yourself and others safe.

For more information, visit www.headlinemc.com/nyre.

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