Press Release: NOLA Healthy Living & Sustainability Expo

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, LA (August 7, 2013) The publisher of Natural Awakenings Magazine – Southeast Louisiana edition, the area’s primary free publication, dedicated to healthy and sustainable living in the Greater New Orleans area, will host the first NOLA Healthy Living & Sustainability Expo on October 12, 2013 at the Pontchartrain Center in Kenner, LA from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is $10 for 12 years and older. Children under 12 are free.

The NOLA Healthy Living & Sustainability  Expo will feature resources for natural and integrative health, wellness, environment and sustainable living in an experiential format that will include exhibits, presentations, panels, demonstrations and local artists. Speakers will include local nutritionists, integrative doctors, chiropractors, pharmacists, local environmental experts and more. 

“We want this event to give the public the opportunity to experience many of the natural and complementary therapies, products and services highlighted in our editorial each month in Natural Awakenings Magazine. Attendees may try yoga, Tai Chi, massage, aikido, drumming, art therapy, essential oils and herbal products as well as learn about traditional practices such as acupuncture and more. And because our environment significantly impacts our well-being, this event explores the environmental and sustainability issues facing Louisiana and the Gulf Coast, along with solutions to these issues offered by local environmental experts,” notes Lolita Werhan, publisher of Natural Awakenings Magazine and co-producer of the expo with Marketing Consultant Jeanne Miller.

“We think the expo is timely as the debate over healthcare continues and many healthcare providers, as well as consumers, look for more options than are offered by conventional medical care alone. Besides our health, our longevity as a species may be determined by how well we address environmental issues today, so it is important for us to explore these issues as a community. This is an opportunity to do just that,” explains Werhan.

James Gordon, M.D.

Keynoting at the expo is Dr. James Gordon, founder of the Center for Mind-Body Medicine in Washington, D.C., who will speak on “Trauma and Transformation.”  A trailblazer in the integration of traditional practices into conventional heathcare, Dr. Gordon was also instrumental in the creation of the National Institutes of Health Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CCAM). His mind-body program is now being taught in medical schools around the country. 

Dr. Gordon and his team reach out to communities that have experienced the trauma of such events as natural disasters, war and terrorism, teaching local professionals to help their communities to deal with the stress and begin to heal using mind-body therapies. The team has been to Louisiana twice – in the aftermath of hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005 and after the BP oil spill in 2010. Read about the work of Dr. Gordon and the Louisiana affiliate, the Mind-Body Center of Louisiana, in the August issue of Natural Awakenings – Southeast Louisiana edition.

In addition to Natural Awakenings Magazine, sponsoring the expo are the New Orleans Chamber of Commerce, Wells Fargo Advisors, Core USA, The Green Project, Professional Medical Associates & Wellness Center of Louisiana, Global Green and LifeCity LLC.

Natural Awakenings Magazine – Southeast Louisiana edition is a free monthly magazine distributed widely throughout Orleans, Jefferson and St. Tammany Parishes bringing to over 65,000 readers cutting edge editorial on topics of health, wellness, fitness, environment and personal growth. The magazine is part of a family of over 80 publications in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico, each with a local focus. Collectively they reach over 2 million readers a month. More at

In 2012 NOLA Healthy Living and Sustainability Expos was created by Lolita Werhan and Jeanne Miller with the intent of bringing events highlighting healthy and sustainable living to the Greater New Orleans area and Gulf Coast region.


NOLA  Healthy Living & Sustainability Expo
P.O. Box 750758, New Orleans, LA 70175-0758
Phone:  504-330-2157     Fax: 504-324-0131