Healthy lifestyles will be promoted at the library’s fifth annual Holistic Health Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Harker Heights Activities Center, 400 Indian Trail.

About 200 people attended the fair last year, and reference librarian Joel Conley hopes for a good turnout this year.

“We’ve asked a lot of local businesses to bring information, flyers and samples,” Conley said.

The annual event was originally started by former reference librarian Lisa Reyes, he said.

The event was developed for those who are looking to live a healthier lifestyle and to educate residents on what’s available in their own backyards, Reyes said at last year’s fair.

“This event has nearly doubled in size from when we first started,” she said.

“We wanted to offer something unique and different and to showcase the resources for health and wellness that we have here locally,” she said.

Conley said more than 20 vendors have signed up so far, including: H-E-B, Luna Juice Bar, Bestemor Herb Farm, dōTERRA Essential Oils, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, Greater Killeen Free Clinic, So Natural Organic Restaurant, Texas AgriLife and the Vitamin Shoppe.

“We also have a chiropractor and a few massage therapists from a school in Killeen and CTC’s continuing education,” Conley said. “There’s several yoga representatives and then someone doing Reiki.”

Reiki focuses on facilitating a person’s own healing response and has been studied for conditions such as pain, anxiety, fatigue and depression, according to the National Center of Complementary and Integrative Health.

All the booths will feature products and information geared toward holistic health, organic gardening, organic foods and the benefits of massage, Conley said.

The Holistic Health Fair is free and open to the public, he said.

Contact Rachael Riley at rriley@kdhnews.com or 254-501-7553

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