Food expo dishes out lessons in healthy living
Manama, April 16, 2014
More than 2,500 people tucked into an array of fresh food and sampled a raft of health and fitness products yesterday at the opening of two major exhibitions being held in Bahrain International Exhibition and Convention Centre (BIECC) in Sanabis.
The three-day Sixth Annual Food and Hospitality Exhibition, held under the patronage of Industry and Commerce Minister Dr Hassan Abdulla Fakhro, and fourth annual Health and Wellness Expo, under the patronage of Health Minister Sadiq Al Shehabi are open from 10am to 7pm today and tomorrow, said a report in the Gulf Daily News (GDN), our sister publication.
Both events are being held in BIECC's Hall 2 and in addition to hotels, restaurants, food suppliers, gyms, hospitals and catering companies, the Health Ministry also has a number of stalls aimed at educating members of the public about everything from insect control, nursing services and asthma.
The ministry's medical team conducted free checkups for visitors and provided them with important health information.
A team from the ministry's anti-smoking group were also present to educate the public about the dangers of smoking and prohibited items in Bahrain such as chewing tobacco and electronic cigarettes.
"Events like this are great for us because we are able to reach members of the public which we can't from our office," said anti-smoking group head Dr Ejlal Al Alawi.
"We are taking this opportunity to get the messages out there because so many people are attending this event and we want to really raise awareness about the dangers of smoking."
A food safety conference was also being held to run alongside the two events.
Among the businesses showcasing their products and services were Suery Delights, Sheraton Bahrain Hotel, Fusion Foods, Frutto Gelato and Karack and Chapati.
A spokeswoman for the exhibitions told the GDN that the Health and Wellness Expo aims to encourage a healthy lifestyle and general wellbeing while the Food and Hospitality Expo offers a vast range of business-to-business networking opportunities.
"This year's event features major hospitals, pharmacies and other key players in the health and wellness industry showcasing diversified range of health care products and services," she said.
"And the Food and Hospitality Expo brings together an international audience of buyers, retailers, distributors and food and beverage professionals."
As part of American-Bahraini Friendship Week, the US Embassy also had a stall at the Health and Wellness Expo.
US Ambassador Thomas Krajeski was on hand to help embassy officials offer advice on health and safety, leading healthy lifestyles and healthy eating.
"We are proud to have the US Embassy taking part in this distinguished and important expo," said Krajeski. - TradeArabia News Service