To Your Health! See you at the health fair

By Richard S. Gubbe

People can find answers that will help them reach their goals for a healthier lifestyle from both conventional and complementary medicine through local and regional businesses at health fairs this summer and fall.

Reiki Energy International (REI) will hold its second annual REI Health Fair & Expo at the Clock Tower Resort Saturday, July 9, to be held from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Wallingford Center.

The REI Health Fair and Expo will feature more than 65 heath-conscious exhibitors showcasing healthy services and products as well as offering symposiums about current health issues. The free fair will include local and national businesses and is designed to build awareness of healthy-living opportunities in our community.

The symposiums will be held in a separate meeting room throughout the day and will include the topics of “Herbs and Healthy Cooking,” “Organic Gardening,” “Reiki” and “Preventive Health.”

In-kind sponsors already secured for the REI Health Fair & Expo include The Rock River Times, the four Nutrition Works health care stores in the Rock River Valley, Maverick Media and WNTA Radio, The Rockton Inn, Beth Ann Weis Salon & Spa and The Clock Tower Resort. Last year’s vendor space was sold out.

Vendor fees for businesses start at $50. For vendor applications, visit or call (815) 398-6326.

This event will feature the largest number of vendors offered for a health fair in this region in a convergence of Eastern and Western modalities representing the latest products, technologies and services. The event will provide a platform for clinical and complementary medicine, health care outlets and products, and services that currently are available in northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin. Included in the 2010 fair were regional health care facilities, nutritional businesses, drink companies and fitness centers, as well as massage therapists, Reiki masters, holistic chiropractors and other health care practitioners.

A free wellness night will be held Tuesday, June 14, from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Aldeen Golf Club in Rockford. The Aldeen Men’s golf Association will hold its annual “Take Aim At Your Health” night at the Rockford Park District’s Aldeen Golf Club and Practice Centre, 1902 Reid Farm Road in Rockford. The event features health and wellness information designed to improve play on and off the golf course. Wellness screenings, testing and assessments, chair massage and numerous golf-related activities will be offered. Refreshments will be available. Call (815) 282-4653 for info.

Wind Ridge Herb Farm will hold its annual Herb, Garden and Wellness Faire from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m., June 25. The fair is held outdoors in rural Caledonia. Call Liz Fiorenza at (815) 885-1444 for info. Wind Ridge, at 466 Quail Trap Road in Caledonia, features more than 400 varieties of medicinal and culinary herbs. Wind Ridge produces all-natural products without dyes, preservatives or additives.

The Janet Wattles Mental Health Fair will be Oct. 1 at CherryVale Mall. This event features vendors at tables throughout the mall during the day. Last year’s fair drew a variety of businesses and organizations. Janet Wattles is also hosting a talk about Reiki Energy Healing June 1 at 6 p.m. at their Mildred Berry Center. Call (815) 968-9300 for info.

Richard Gubbe is an award-winning journalist, public relations specialist and Reiki Master Teacher. He is a longtime Rockford resident who has taught preventive health, visualization and Reiki at Rock Valley College since 2003.they were at the time of its founding.

From June 1-7, 2011 issue

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