Women learn about ways to improve their health at expo

Colorado Community Media event held at Belmar

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Women of all ages enjoyed a day of health, education and beauty during Colorado Community Media's second annual Women's Health and Beauty Expo on Oct. 5.

Along with Gold Sponsor Swedish Medical Center participating, the sold-out event featured more than 45 vendors at the Belmar Shopping District in Lakewood.

Cory Davis, specialty leasing manager, said Belmar is always proud to team up with CCM to provide women with this kind of opportunity.

“This is an outstanding event that inspires women to come together and support one another and educate themselves on self-care and health,” she said.

Davis said she enjoyed the wide variety of vendors this year, from the fashion reps to Karen Korona, a local entrepreneur who stayed busy throughout the day educating people on the value of CBG products — similar to those made with CBD — and the power of holistic healing.

Another local entrepreneur at the event was Dana Knowles of the young company Go Deep. Telling her own personal story, Knowles said after a hip issue with doctors she became hooked on opioids. After beating that addiction, she said she still felt down and needed a boost. That's how the all-natural energy products from Go Deep were developed.

Several nonprofits also attended the event. Along with the Colorado Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the increasingly popular Sun Bus parked at the event. The Sun Bus was created earlier in the summer by the Colorado Melanoma Foundation. It was originally supposed to attend a few select events but became so popular that it is booked at events through November.

Reps with the Sun Bus took pictures and educated visitors on how sun damage has impacted their skin. Visitors were given tips on what they can do to improve and prevent sun damage moving forward. As one visitor put it, the information was eye-opening. The Sun Bus also handed out free sunscreen throughout the day.

Women were also treated to free massages by the new business, Mobile Massages by Kaitlyn. As she gave massages throughout the day, young entrepreneur, Kaitlyn Bond said her business concept is to bring relaxing massages to people on the go.

“So many people, especially moms, are so busy these days that they can't always get to a place to get a massage,” she said. “With us, we come to your house or business and give you a massage where you are. It makes it a lot easier and more convenient to relax.”

The weather also held up for a nice fall day with the plaza enjoying the sunshine, cool breeze and the relaxing music provided by Heidi Thomas of Heidi Thomas Music. Thomas said her business was created with the concept of embracing the idea of reaching physical and mental health through music.

Davis estimated about 2,000 people walked through the plaza to take part in the event.

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