Being in excellent physical shape was a prerequisite for Tommy Europe during his CFL football career.
As a defensive back for 11 seasons in the CFL including a stint with the B.C. Lions, Europe has put to use what he learned as a professional athlete to develop his own personal training philosophy.
His training program is called SHRED – strength, heart, resilience, efficient and discipline.
Europe will be introducing those core principles here in Kelowna this weekend as Europe will be one of the guest presenters for the Kelowna Health Show, hosted by the the curling club, 551 Recreation Ave., on Saturday and Sunday.
Europe is best known in the public eyes these days not for his gridiron exploits but as host of “The Last 10 Pounds Bootcamp,” “Bulging Brides,” and “Tommy Europe Fitness.”
In his presentation at the health show this weekend, Europe will cite the principle that it’s never too late to get started on the trail to improved fitness, and it doesn’t have to take a lot of time or money to achieve a healthy lifestyle.
Europe will be giving his bootcamp fitness class demonstration on Saturday, 11 a.m. to noon, and speak to his audience about living a healthy lifestyle on Sunday, 12:55 to 1:55 p.m.
Other presenters at the health show will include Lisa Kilgour, 12:20 to 1:10 p.m.on Saturday, who is a registered health nurse and nutritionist, who will talk about how a healthy gut leads to a healthy life, a reference to how eating better foods leads to better digestion, fewer allergies, lower inflammation issues and better moods.
RoseMarie Pierce, Canada’s first educated holistic pharmacist, will talk on Saturday, 1:30 to 2:20 p.m., about the impact of gluten on our diet and our overall health.
Naturopathic doctor Rob Roth will follow Pierce, 2:40 to 3:30 p.m., about holistic and alternative approaches to conventional medicine ideas.
The health show will wind up Saturday with a presentation by Jason Watkin, 3:50 to 4:40 p.m., about holistic nutrition and discuss strategies to treat existing conditions based on the principles of psychology, microbiology, biochemistry and natural, oriental and allopathic medicine.
On Sunday, the health show leads off with a presentation by Dr. Melissa Fougere who will speak on behalf of Ascenta Health, 11:45 a.m. to 12:35 p.m., on the link between inflammation and heart disease, cancer, depression and arthritis, and how levels of omega-3 contribute to inflammation and how fish oils can help change that.
Following Europe’s seminar, the health show will wrap up with presentations by Peter Quenter, 2:!5 to 3:05 p.m., about recognizing mineral deficiences and how to correct it, and Dr. Brett Phillips, 3:20 to 4:10 p.m., on the naturopathic techniques for finding the root causes of disease, with a special focus on chronic disease and pain management.
Another aspect of this weekend’s health show will be an appearance by the Giant Colon Tour, put on by the Colorectal Cancer Association of Canada, taking place Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
A mockup of a “supersized” colon will be on display as a teaching tool for the public about colorectal cancer and other diseases of the colon, their signs, symptoms and ways in which they can be prevented.
Health care professionals are part of the tour, available to answer questions from the public.