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A Berks Health Initiative: 8 Years Getting Gutsy

Story written by Alicia Lee

May 28, 2021

8th Annual Guts and Glory Health and Wellness Expo expected to bring up to 1000 attendees to Willow Glen Park

READING, PA – The 8th annual Guts and Glory Digestive and Wellness Expo will be taking place live on Saturday, September 25th from 11am-3pm at the Willow Glen Park, home of ShocktoberFest. The Expo was originally created and hosted by nonprofit My Gut Instinct and is sponsored by Penn State Health St Joseph.

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. 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 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 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

About My Gut Instinct, Inc.
Our mission at My Gut Instinct, a non-profit organization, is to collaboratively inspire and empower our community to embrace health and eat and live better for longevity. Our organization aims to increase awareness of preventable diseases that impact community health. We focus on preventing these avoidable diseases through motivating the community to make healthy choices, promoting cancer screenings, and raising awareness for various health concerns.

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