Not only does Emerald Physicians do their best to treat illness and disease, but they also do their best to educate the community on how to prevent these same illnesses and diseases with their healthy living expo, VivaPalooza.

On June 1st, the 5th annual VivaPalooza, which takes place at Barnstable High School, will kick off with a 5k walk/run at 9am before the doors open at 10am. 100% of the race proceeds will benefit Barnstable Recreation programs through the Adam Prentice Scholarship Fund.

As in prior years the event will feature food tastings from local restaurants, healthy living products and services, community resources, a blood drive, medical screenings, cooking and juicing demonstrations, as well as access to physicians from Cape Cod Healthcare and Emerald Physicians.

This year will see the event segmented by key medical messages: cardiovascular and pulmonary health; arthritis and musculoskeletal disorders; diabetes; cancer diagnosis, treatment and recovery; brain and spine health; and gluten sensitivity. Each area of focus will be enriched with related fitness strategies, stress reduction techniques, nutrition, and other products and services that can help treat and prevent disease. Free yoga classes will be offered by LoveYoga Fest and Centerville Yoga & Wellness, along with a Tai Chi by Cape Cod Guang Ping Yang Tai Chi Club.

Kids have their own section where there will be hands-on activities, sports and activity sign-ups, obstacle courses, and healthy snack samples.

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