By Jenn Ballentine

For those of you interested in the latest natural and green products, ALIVE! Expo event is coming back to town for the sixth time the weekend of May 15 and 16.

Held at the Georgia World Congress Center, this event brings together the Southeast’s largest gathering of experts on healthy living. Attendees can sample natural and organic products including vitamins, locally grown foods and beauty and anti-aging products, and gather information on what is new and exciting in the natural living and green industries.

The expo, which is expected to draw over 20,000 attendees, will feature an eco-friendly Artist’s Market for the first time this year. Handmade artisan items that have been crafted from natural and recycled materials will be available for purchase.

Also new this year is a focus on fitness in the Kid’s Corner. Atlanta Falcons fullback Ovie Mughelli will be on hand along with some of his NFL colleagues to play ball with the younger visitors. Sponsored by the Ovie Mughelli Foundation, the Kid’s Corner will not only provide free childcare but will incorporate education about green living and fitness into its activities.

According to ALIVE! Expo founder Patrycja Towns, the expo is a great way to introduce people interested in health, wellness and natural living to new products and services. “You know how it is when there is a product we are not familiar with. We want to see it and touch it before we buy it. More and more people are interested in healthy lifestyles and taking preventative measures to improve their health. This is a great way to expose them to what’s available,” said Towns.

The Expo will be held Saturday, May 15 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, May 16, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tickets are $10; children 16 and under are free. A VIP ticket is available for $25 in advance or $30 at the door. This ticket includes Exhibit Hall admission, lectures from top industry experts, healthy cooking demonstrations and entrance to the Green and Healthy Gourmet Lounge where local foods and beer and wine will be available for tasting from 1 to 5 p.m.

For more information on the ALIVE! Expo or to purchase your tickets and discounted parking passes, go to www.AliveExpo.com.

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