The 9th annual Guts & Glory Digestive and Wellness Expo is scheduled to take place on September 24th from 10am-3pm, with the new location of the Penn State Berks campus. The Expo was originally created and hosted by nonprofit My Gut Instinct and is sponsored by Penn State Health St. Joseph Medical Center.
Guts and Glory is a free, large scale, non-profit community-wide celebration of health for all ages and showcases a farmer’s market, educational booths, community outreach, fresh locally sourced food made by local chefs, fitness zones, yoga, massage meditation, and wellness experts, to name a few features.
This year will also welcome the MEGA Colon exhibit, which provides visitors with an interactive, educational experience of stepping through a large-scale model of the human colon that highlights common disease conditions.
The free admission, interactive, annual event for all ages is designed to educate the health curious, elevate the understanding of the health conscious, and raise community awareness of the importance of digestive health and overall wellness through the free exchange of information and resources.
“We aim to provide people with health knowledge and empower them to take action to live healthier lives and become beautiful from the inside, out, because we believe beauty starts on the inside,” said founder Aparna Mele, M.D. “We also want to show the community that eating and living healthy is not only easy to do, but it can also be fun and delicious too!”
Aparna Mele, M.D. is a board-certified gastroenterologist with Digestive Disease Associates since 2007. She came to the field of medicine with extensive experience in international relief work overseas and is actively involved in local philanthropic work directed towards patient education and promotion of societal health.
Event-day volunteers and participant registration for sponsors, nonprofits and food vendors is open via online registration here: mygutinstinct.org/guts-glory/