Well, it’s official—most people are a little more than a week in to their New Year’s resolutions. For many folks, health and wellness becomes a priority this time of year. Want to get on board looking for new ways to make healthier lifestyle choices? Then you need to get the Good Living Expo at the Overland Park Convention Center on your calendar—February 1st and 2nd.
The inaugural, one-of-a-kind event features over 200 different vendors and sponsors who can help you continue the momentum of those healthier resolutions. “Kansas City has never done anything like this and it seemed like it was time,” says owner/president Aimee Jacobson. “There’s been a big transition in KC where health and wellness has become a priority. More gyms, more healthy restaurant options.”
The event is interactive—everything from fitness demonstrations to cooking classes and more. “There will be free live classes on stage—shortened, modified classes, like a self-defense class—for people to try things they haven’t tried before,” says Jacobson. “We want people to experience all they can. Don’t be scared. There’s no pressure. They can watch or join in. There’s definitely something for everyone.”
Trying to eat better? The Good Living Expo has you covered. Not only will they have a slew of healthy food-truck options available, many of the vendors will be offering plenty of free samples of their tasty eats. “There are some pretty incredible food opportunities—including Shatto Milk and Rawsome KC,” says Jacobson. “Vendors will be introducing all-natural and organic food products. There will be lots of options for people—everything from vegan to gluten-free.”
Be sure to bring the kids along too. Jacobson promises the event is designed for all ages. “I’m excited. Everyone in Kansas City should go to this event. Our job is to make it feel like it’s fun and interactive,” says Jacobson. “It’s very family friendly too. We’ve got a big ‘Kid Zone’ for children to play in. It’s perfect for families trying to learn how live healthier.”
For Jacobson, she’s psyched to see reactions to the Expo. “If people can come and learn something and better their lives or their family’s lives, that’s worth it. At the end of the day, I’m more excited to see what people have to say when they walk out the door. I’m most excited to make an impact on the city.” (Oh—and don’t worry—no matter where you live in Kansas City, you’ll be represented. “We’ll have businesses from all over the metro—KC, Lee’s Summit, Olathe, up north,” says Jacobson.)
Plenty of local vendors will be unveiling plenty of all-natural products as well—everything from “skin care to ergonomic pillows to fitness clothing. We’ll be featuring all sorts of different things,” says Jacobson. For example, CBD vendors will be there to provide education and products about the health benefits of CBD. Plus, one of the unique offerings will include a chance to experience (Overland Park-based) Sunlighten’s infrared saunas up close and personal. “Guests will be able to feel the gentle warmth of Sunlighten’s infrared light therapy. It’s an experience that is meant to be enjoyed versus endured.”
Given that Jacobson has been hosting successful events throughout the metro for over a decade, she’s eager to showcase all the great things the new Good Living Expo will bring to the proverbial table—especially for those looking to make incremental changes. “There are so many things people can do to live healthier or help them live longer and hopefully, they’ll find a few things at this event,” says Jacobson. “It’s a great way to kick-start your year and make sure 2019 starts off on the right foot.”
Visit the Good Living Expo website for a comprehensive list of vendors, sponsors, and class schedules/demonstrations. Plus, find two-for-one ticket specials online or bring a gently used winter coat to the event for free admission.