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Spring Wellness Workshop is May 4 in Mount Hope

By KEVIN LYNCH Staff Writer Published: April 29, 2017 5:00 AM

MOUNT HOPE -- The Amish Country Lodging Council will present a Spring Wellness Workshop on Thursday, May 4, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Gardens at Homestead in Mount Hope.

This workshop will focus on three different aspects of wellness in the hospitality industry -- self-care, injury prevention and the halo effect of tourism.

The morning workshop session will feature guest presenters Dave and Alana Pratt of True Nature Retreat in Millersburg.

True Nature is a holistic retreat specializing in retreats for singles, couples and groups, as well as several workshops, all focusing on healing, renewal and connection. This workshop will explore aspects of wellness and self-care in the hospitality industry, including holistic care measures, healthy work habits, and promoting a positive workplace environment for both hospitality workers and guests.

After lunch, Kerry MacQueen, Health Educator and Injury Prevention Coordinator with the Holmes County General Health District, will share about her work with older adults in Holmes County and talk about some wellness and injury prevention strategies for folks of all ages. MacQueen is a very passionate advocate for the independence of older adults in the community.

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Keynote speaker Amir Eylon, president of Longwoods International USA Inc., will join the workshop at 1 p.m. to share his extensive knowledge about the halo effect of tourism in Ohio.

In his former roles as the director of the Ohio Office of Tourism and executive vice president of the Ohio Hotel & Lodging Association, Eylon has made numerous contributions to the growth of the state's $40 billion tourism economy and has been recognized by a number of industry honors, including the Paul Sherlock award, the Ohio tourism industry's highest honor.

"This will be an interesting and fun event for local stakeholders in the tourism and hospitality industries, packed with very useful information, We hope you'll join us," said Laurie Judson, Group Tour and Lodging Council coordinator for the Holmes County Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Bureau.

The cost for this workshop is $35 and it is open to all Holmes County Chamber of Commerce member organizations. People may register by calling 330-674-3975 or by following this event link: http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event.

Reporter Kevin Lynch can be reached at 330-674-5676 or klynch@the-daily-record.com.


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