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In the Community

A Berks Health Initiative: 9 Years Getting Gutsy! Saturday, September 24, 2022


he 9th annual Guts and Glory Digestive and Wellness Expo will be taking place live on September 24th, 2022, from 10am until 3pm at Penn State Berks campus. The Expo was originally created and hosted by non-profit My Gut Instinct, Inc. and is sponsored by Penn State Health St. Joseph Medical Center and Penn State Berks. Guts and Glory is a free, large scale, non-profit communitywide celebration of health for all ages and showcases a farmers 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 we 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. We celebrate the spirit of health and wellness at our event and encourage our visitors to find inspiration at Guts and Glory to take an active role in their own well-being all year long. This 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


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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. Guts and Glory Digestive and Wellness Expo is a far-reaching, educationally inspiring, community-giving, and feel-good event held annually. The event has enjoyed extensive media coverage and public accolades for their health movement in the community. Numerous community sponsors and volunteers make the event possible. Event-day volunteers and participant registration for sponsors, nonprofits and food vendors is open and details regarding sponsorship types and on-line registration can be found on the website. For more information about My Gut Instinct and the Guts and Glory event visit www.mygutinstinct.org. Stay up to date with volunteer, sponsor and vendor opportunities as well as enjoy healthy recipes and inspirational motivation on Facebook and Instagram @mygutinstinct and @gutsyandmini. https://mygutinstinct.org/guts-glory/