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Sync to host second annual Healthy Holiday Expo

Amanda J. Vicars • Nov 10, 2015 at 10:30 AM

Making healthy choices in the midst of the holiday season is always difficult, but local non-profit organization Sync will attempt to ease the struggle with its Second Annual Healthy Holiday Expo on Saturday, Nov. 14.

Sync, an association with the purpose of aiding non-traditional students in Southwest Virginia and East Tennessee on their quest to attend an institute of higher learning, is the joint force of three educated women: Jamie Cyphers, Lynette Hollis and LaNika Wright, and their affiliate, Agape Outreach in Marion, Va.

Sync was founded by the female trio in January 2014 as a way to help those like them. Each of the three women has juggled being a wife, mother, full-time employee and student - both Cyphers and Hollis are working toward their master’s degrees; Wright has achieved her PhD and is a nurse practitioner - and understands the pressure.

“It can be a struggle being a parent, spouse, and full-time employee,” Wright examined. “Part of [Sync] is the support.” Sync also provides social networking and financial assistance.

Sync was officially kickstarted by its first fundraiser, a 5K run in Bristol, Va., at the start of 2014. Since then, Sync has sponsored many fundraising events to fuel its mission to promote interest in higher education - especially among adult learners.

This year will mark the second occasion Sync has sponsored the Healthy Holiday Expo. Last year, Wright said she spoke with her aunt, Janet Parks, a nurse and a member at Mt. Zion Tabernacle Church in Kingsport about her idea to “help people learn how to get through the holiday season in a healthy way.” Parks shared the vision and got her church to sponsor, too.

From there, the “unique holiday extravaganza” took shape - complete with shopping, food and health information. Wright said around 100 people showed up to last year’s expo and more are expected this year.

The 2015 Healthy Holiday Expo will be held at the Civic Auditorium (1550 Fort Henry Drive) in Kingsport. The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Nov. 14. Attendees may eat, shop for seasonal gifts with the many local vendors on hand, learn valuable health information from multiple health entities, or watch the exercise or cooking demos - new to the expo this year - on the main stage.

There will be free shopping bags given to the first 50 patrons through the door, and free giveaways throughout the day. A nutritional game show on the Civic Auditorium stage will also present the opportunity for prizes. Admission is $3 for ages 12 and up, and free for kids under 12 and individuals who give blood at the on-site Blood Mobile. It’s time to “get synced” this holiday season.

For more information on Sync, its events or how to volunteer/donate, visit www.getsynched.org or contact them at [email protected]

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