PODER Health & Wellness Expo Roadshow

PODER/POWER Health and Wellness Expo is a series of Community Events that provide the minority community, the low-income community, and most especially, the older adult community with the “power”, knowledge and motivation to take an active role in their health.

The mission of the PODER events is to reach Pennsylvania’s largest and most vulnerable populations and connect them with education and resources that empower them to make healthy and responsible lifestyle choices.

What We Did

Latino Connection partnered with health organizations on the local and state level to provide these vulnerable communities with health resources and access to health-related education. The Health and Wellness Expo Roadshow targeted toward low income, minority, and older adult demographics in these Central Pennsylvania locations:

  • Lancaster
  • Lebanon
  • Harrisburg
  • Reading

Close to 3,000 people took part in the live cooking demonstrations with Chef Dave; live fitness activities like POUND with Crunch Fitness; story time with Curious George and more!

How We Helped

(2018 data)


  • Lancaster – 352
  • Harrisburg – 1003
  • Reading – 503
  • Lebanon – 146

Participation in Activities (by Location)

Health Screenings*Tetanus ShotsFitness Activities, Cooking Demos, Smoothies

*blood pressure, height, weight, BMI, glucose check

Giveaways (Courtesy of Aetna)

  • Yoga Mats
  • Hand Sanitizers
  • Phone Wallets
  • First Aid Kits
  • Coloring Pencils
  • Lip Balms
  • 4 Nutra Bullets
  • 4 Weight Scales
  • 40 Stuffed Tote Bags (included Aetna branded utensils)
  • 4 Air Fryers
  • 2000 Tote Bags
  • 6000 Food Samples (given away in purple and Aetna branded cups)

I just wanted to say thanks for your Lebanon, PA event on 2/16 and for including Curious George. It was a big hit for my child and wife and a nice way to involve the local community.

WITF Books (distribution by city)

  • 75 – Lancaster
  • 285 – Reading
  • 220 – Harrisburg
  • 90 – Lebanon

Previous Sponsors and Vendors

  • WITF
  • Aetna
  • Aetna Better Health of Pennsylvania
  • Angels on Call
  • Silver Sneakers
  • Pepsi
  • SACA (Spanish American Civic Association)
  • Munchkins in Motion
  • LGBT Center
  • Patriot Homecare
  • Crunch Fitness
  • HACC
  • IU 13
  • Welsh Mountain
  • Kmart
  • Orangetheory Fitness
  • Girl Scouts
  • HCR ManorCare
  • ORI Homecare
  • Berks Community Health Center
  • Traffic Plan
  • The Healthy Grocer
  • Lancaster Health Center
  • Caring Matters Home Care
  • Lupus Foundation of America
  • Paramount Living Aids
  • Mental Health America of Lancaster County
  • Forest Hills Memorial Park