Jewel, Nick Lachey to headline new Cincinnati festival

Healthy-lifestyle enthusiasts will make their way downtown this weekend for the inaugural Wellness Your Way Festival. You can browse products from U.S. health vendors, participate in group workouts, view cooking demonstrations, listen to inspirational speakers and, at the end of the day, enjoy some A-list live entertainment, including Jewel, the folk singer/songwriter and festival co-founder. Here is a further sample of the panels, seminars, and celebrities you can catch while browsing the expo:

Musical talent

• Gavin DeGraw, known for his hit singles, “I Don’t Want To Be” and “Not Over You,” will open the fest on Oct. 4 at 8 p.m. Opening is country up-and-comer Kylie Morgan.

• Our own Nick Lachey will headline Oct. 5. with the indie pop ensemble Run River North opening.

• Jewel, the singer/songwriter who famously emerged from poverty in 1995 with her 12-time platinum album, “Pieces of You,” will close out the fest on Oct. 6.

• All three headliners also will be doing meet-and-greets during the day they perform. In addition, Jewel will hold book signings on Oct. 5 and 6 and will lead a discussion on mindfulness on Oct. 6.

Celebrity appearances

• Tony Horton, the personal trainer responsible for PX90, an exercise home regimen that combines cross-training, periodization, nutrition and dietary supplements, will give a book signing on Oct. 4 and lead a workout session on Oct. 5.

• Dave Asprey, founder of Bulletproof 360 and practitioner of “biohacking” (improving bodily performance with chemicals and cybernetic devices) will give a lecture called “How To Live To Be 180” on Oct. 5.

• Brendan Brazier, creator of the Vega line of vegan food products and supplements and author of the “Thrive” health book series, will give a book signing on Oct. 5.

• Cobi Jones, one of the greatest American soccer players of all time, will interview the FC Cincinnati leadership team on Oct. 5.

• Don-A-Matrix, trainer to the Kardashians, will lead a workout where participants use the Don-A-Matrix method, a specialized workout structured like a sports game (i.e. four quarters), on Oct. 6.

Cooking demos

• La Soupe, a Cincinnati soup shack, will show how they transform rescued food waste into delicious, nutritious meals on Oct. 5.

• Debbie Matenopoulos, former host of “The View,” will demonstrate the experience of a Greek meal, inspired by her book, “It’s All Greek To Me.” She also will have a book signing immediately following the demo on Oct. 6.

• Joy Bauer, celebrity chef and health and weight loss expert, will demonstrate her favorite dishes and do a book signing on Oct. 6.

• Michael Symon, a celebrity chef, and his wife, Liz Symon, a culinary expert, will perform a cooking demo and debate the merits of meat-eating versus veganism/vegetarianism, and hold a book signing on Oct. 6.


What: Wellness Your Way Festival

Where: Duke Energy Convention Center, 525 Elm St., Cincinnati

When: Oct. 4-6, 1-10 p.m. Thursday, 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday

Cost: $15-$125

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