2018-04-19 / Neighbors

Wellness events held April 21 in Biddeford

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 healthrelated 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.

Morrissette said society follows a disease model of medicine rather than a science of health.

“I think all of us on the team are focused on creative ways to foster health together. A shift is happening and it’s an exciting time,” she said.

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.

“We are striving to become a positive force and resource for our community’s health.”

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.

Thrive received sponsorship from Maine Health Access Foundation, Pepperell Mill Campus and University of New England. The symposium is coordinated by Aura Holistic Health, Equilibrium, The Farm, Heart of Biddeford, Joyce Morrissette, LLC, Metta Studios, Think Tank and Your Own Wellness.

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