Press Release 2015


Contact: Dr. Debra Karnasiewicz, MD, MPH
Phone: (845) 802-7025




Women's Health and Fitness Expo Returns for 15th Year 

This year’s theme is Get Fit for Life: honoring mind, body, and spirit


Lake Katrine, NY — Spring has returned to the Hudson Valley, which means that the annual Women's Health and Fitness Expo will be returning on the first Saturday of May. This year, the Expo is celebrating its 15th anniversary of educating the community on the importance of eating well, exercising and living healthier with a theme suited to all ages: Get Fit for Life.

In addition to over 100 booths and exhibits covering both traditional and alternative medical practices, seminars and workshops will cover an eclectic mix of topics from managing stress to hypnosis to the benefits of probiotics. Fitness demonstrations range from tai chi to zumba and include something for everyone.

“Most of us tend to fragment our health into little compartments ­ -- what we eat, how or if we exercise, when we get checkups, or if we meditate or take vitamins, supplements, or medication,” said Dr. Debra Karnasiewicz, founder and director of the Women's Health and Fitness Foundation. “But the various disciplines are not at odds with each other.”

On the contrary, the different approaches support and complement each other, as the needs of the body, mind and spirit are interconnected. There are a multitude of reasons why making fitness a lifelong habit is important, and the Expo has put together a list nine reasons to encourage attendees to achieve, exceed and maintain their personal health and wellness goals.

After spending the day with an amazing array of speakers, chefs, nutritionists, fitness experts, trainers and physicians, Expo attendees will come away with tools and ideas needed to help lead a healthier, more active and more fulfilling life. Plus, they’ll have a great time doing it.

Select specialists will be staffing The Dr. Is In Booth, which gives attendees the opportunity to speak privately with a medical professional, and there will be over 20 free health screenings available. A kid’s zone, farmer’s market, spa zone, and a variety of topics geared towards men will also be featured this year.

There will be seminars from fitness gurus Holly Perkins and Bryan Andrews as well as lectures from Anne Fishel of the Family Dinner Project about getting the most out of family dinners and Kate Hanley on relieving the stress of a busy schedule.

This year's special guests also include Jay and Jennifer Jacobs, the father/daughter team from the eleventh season of NBC's The Biggest Loser who lost a combined 295 lbs.

Started in 2000, the Expo has attracted a dedicated community of followers, including hundreds of attendees, volunteers, local businesses, wellness professionals and healthcare institutions and has quickly become the largest women’s health event in the Hudson Valley.

Speakers at previous Expos include sex therapist Dr. Ruth Westheimer, Olympic gold medalists gymnast Shannon Miller and softball pitcher Jennie Finch, chef Sara Moulton and Super Bowl champion Jeff Feagles.

The 15th Annual Women's Health and Fitness Expo takes place on May 2 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Miller Middle School, 65 Fording Place Road, Lake Katrine, NY. Tickets are $7 in advance and $8 at the door. For more information, visit



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