On Saturday, Sept. 13, the Robert Morris University Sewall Center played host to the “What’s On Your Plate?” Healthy Food and Wellness Expo, sponsored by the Pittsburgh Penguins and Post-Gazette.
The event was organized by one of RMU’s own. Bobby Catley, a junior business management major, is responsible for coordinating the event.
The community event offered free resources and information that gave attendees of all interest levels a good starting place for wellness, or a continuation of learning for the large healthy lifestyle advocates.
“What’s On Your Plate?” provided a promotional platform to over 85 local exhibitors in the market categories of wellness, food, nutrition and fitness. Featured groups included: Giant Eagle Market District, Sarris Candies, Turner’s Dairy, Edible Arrangements, Brueggers Bagels and Walgreens. Company sales were prohibited, but customer sampling was prevalent throughout the show.
Live cooking demonstrations were presented by WQED-TV Pittsburgh reporter, Chris Fennimore, and sponsored by the Giant Eagle Market District. Fitness instructors encouraged wellness by displaying Yoga and Zumba techniques on stage. The RMU School of Nursing and Health Sciences offered free health screenings and blood pressure tests as well.
“I think that in general, people need to eat better and learn how to take care of themselves. It is just a pressing issue right now,” said Catley.
Catley has a track record for community service based around healthy eating and supporting local businesses. As a high school student, Catley successfully organized a similar wellness exposition for Hopewell High School.
He is also a past recipient of the Pittsburgh Penguins Humanitarian Award and the Jefferson Awards for Public Service.
“I think it is all about getting out there are being involved in the community. I do this because I care about our community and bringing people together,” said Catley.