HARKER HEIGHTS — Colorful vitamins, hearty health-based products, essential oils, and free massages helped chase away the winter blues at the annual Holistic Health Fair at the Harker Heights Activities Center on Saturday.
More than a dozen vendors offered products and services designed to increase health and relaxation for the mind, body and spirit.
First-time fair visitor Sharon Sifferd, of Killeen, bought a jar of homemade body butter from Pure Skin Repair to aid her dry skin.
The concept of holistic health options interested her as she visited each vendor.
“There’s a lot to learn here,” Sifferd said.
Hosted by the Stewart C. Meyer Harker Heights Public Library, the holistic fair aimed to empower a healthier community with natural health care options said Christina Link, reference librarian.
“The fair makes people aware of a variety of services in the area that can improve their overall wellness,” Link said.
Throughout the morning, the crowd steadily grew as visitors took free information pamphlets and samples, from vitamin packs, cups of natural juice to toothbrushes and even bags of products for expectant mothers.
Annette Paulson, of Harker Heights, jogs almost every day and eliminated sodas from her diet.
She enjoyed the aroma of lavender at the essential oils table.
“I prefer natural products because they make me feel so much better from the inside out,” Paulson said.
The fair also served as a way to spread awareness about holistic healing during the current flu epidemic, said Kim Martin of the Vitamin Shoppe.
“Vitamins help support the body’s natural immune system, like vitamin C, as well as echinacea, can lessen effects from illness,” Martin said.
Free flu shots are still available for those who qualify at the Greater Killeen Free Clinic, said Sarah Kennedy, VISTA Health Promotion associate.
“I’m very impressed with the vendors that are here, because it’s great way to connect community resources to better the public’s health,” Kennedy said.