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Georgian Court University Presents 10th Annual Wellness Expo

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Georgian Court University’s Department of Integrative Health and Exercise Science is thrilled to present its 10th Annual Wellness Expo. The event will take place on October 23, 2021, on campus and will be a daylong showcase of integrative health presentations and exhibitors. From acupuncture and acupressure to chair yoga and meditation, there will be something for everyone. Outdoor activities will take place on Front Lawn of Casino and in the event of inclement weather, will be moved inside to the Casino Stage.

The 10th Annual Wellness Expo will feature presentations throughout the day which will include presenters Shelly Botwinick ’14 and Neda Gioia, O.D. as well as GCU faculty Michael Wortley, Ph.D.; and Sachiko Komagata, Ph.D.; Vincent C. W. Chen, Ph.D.; and Joshua Burns, D.C., N.D., to name a few. The topics will include The Healer Within, Nutrition in Eyecare: A New Look into Eyes and Health, Acupuncture and Herbal Therapy, and Meditation Through Activities of Daily Living, as well as others. There will be activities focusing on acupressure, Qoya, qigong, and yoga. For the full itinerary, visit

“We converted our event to totally virtual last year, but this fall, we are happy to have the Wellness Expo back on campus for its 10th year,” said Sachiko Komagata, Ph.D., PT, associate professor and chair of the Department of Integrative Health and Exercise Science. “In addition to local and regional wellness and health-related exhibitors filling the floor of Casino with information and products, we offer workshops by invited speakers every 30 minutes, and there are outdoor activity sessions every hour for people of all ages.”

Dr. Komagata notes that there will be representatives from the Holistic Nursing Association; practitioners of physical therapy, manual therapy, chiropractic, acupuncture, acupressure, massage, counseling, addiction care, and energy therapy; nutrition counselors, and more. In addition, vendors will have “crystals, gems, and arts and crafts that may nourish your soul.” Books from a recommended reading list will also be available for purchase at the University Bookstore from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

While attendance is free and open to the public for the 10th Annual Wellness Expo, registration is required at Please note that face coverings must be worn properly inside all buildings, and all attendees will need to complete the COVID-19 visitor screening form within 24 hours prior to entering the GCU campus.

If you have any questions, place contact Sachiko Komagata at fxbzntngn@trbetvna.rqh.

Story contributed by Georgian Court University digital communication major Alycia Bardon 22

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About Georgian Court University

Founded in 1908 and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Georgian Court University is Central and South Jersey’s only Catholic university. GCU is a comprehensive, coeducational university with a strong liberal arts core and a historic special concern for women. As a forward-thinking university that supports diversity and academic excellence, GCU is known for expanding possibility for more than 2,200 students of all faiths and backgrounds in 35+ undergraduate majors and 10+ graduate programs. The GCU Lions compete in 14 NCAA Division II sports in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC). In 2020, GCU was named a Best Value College by and a Best Bang for the Buck (Northeast) by Washington Monthly. High student retention and graduation rates also make GCU a Top Performer on Social Mobility on U.S. News & World Reports rankings. The main campus is located in Lakewood, New Jersey, on the picturesque former George Jay Gould estate, a National Historic Landmark. Georgian Court, which is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, also serves students at other locations, such as GCU at HazletGCU at Rowan College of South Jersey–Cumberland Campus, and through multiple online certificate and degree programs.

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