Wellness Your Way Festival presented by Kroger

The inaugural Wellness Your Way Festival presented by Kroger opens today through Saturday at Duke Energy Center. The Event’s Expo is free and open to the public and features dozens of fitness sessions and cooking demos as well as food and hygiene samples.

Multi-platinum, Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter and mindfulness expert Jewel is the festival’s co-founder. Health and wellness has been a lifelong passion for Jewel, who used nutrition, mindfulness and holistic health to overcome childhood kidney issues and navigated from homeless to happy, in a very demanding job as a single parent. She will share her tips and stories from her website, JewelNeverBroken.com, which offers free mindfulness tools.  

“Being a whole and happy human is really the greatest treasure we can have in life. I have always been astounded by how little education we receive to help us feel connected, happy and healthy. In a world of rising disconnection and anxiety, I am proud to help be part of the antidote by co-founding Wellness Your Way Festival,” said Jewel. “I am proud to share my life’s mission of being a healthy, satisfied person with others and to share the tools, advocates, teachers and champions I have learned from. And I am proud that Kroger has chosen to take this initiative to truly serve those in the community with meaningful resources.”

The festival's expert lineup includes master fitness trainer and creator of P90X, Tony Horton, endurance athlete, Brendan Brazier, best-selling author and co-host of Hallmark Channel's Home & Family, Debbie Matenopoulos, with a special keynote from American actor and fitness specialist, Jake “Body by Jake” Steinfeld. The festival will feature musical performances from co-founder Jewel, singer-songwriter Gavin DeGraw, Cincinnati’s own Nick Lachey, and many more.

Schedule Highlights:

Thursday, October 4

1-6 p.m.: Wellness Your Way Festival Expo open featuring four stages with live cooking demos and fitness sessions

8-10 p.m.: Concert with Gavin DeGraw and Kylie Morgan, Duke Energy Center

*Tickets are needed for concerts and can be purchased at https://www.wellnessyourwayfestival.com/tickets

Gavin DeGraw is a multi-platinum selling singer, performer and songwriter. He first broke through with the 2003 release of his debut album, Chariot, which sold over 1 million copies, earned platinum certification, and yielded three hit singles: “I Don’t Want To Be,” “Follow Through,” and the title-track, “Chariot.” Since then he has been consistently touring around the world, including sold out dates with the legendary Billy Joel and hit a milestone with the release of his first greatest hits compilation titled Finest Hour in the fall of 2014. 

Nashville-based singer/songwriter, Kylie Morgan, began writing songs in her hometown of Newcastle, OK when she was 12 years old. Morgan released her music independently as a young teen, garnering national attention from music producers and television executives. At age 16, Morgan landed a spot on E! Television reality show 'Opening Act’ and was named “Who New To Watch” by the Country Music Association. 

Friday, October 5

9-10 a.m.: Workout Session with Tony Horton creator of the best-selling fitness series: P90X®, P90X2®, P90X3®, and Ten Minute Trainer® introduced by FOX 19’s Rob Williams

10 a.m.-6 p.m.: Wellness Your Way Festival Expo open featuring four stages with live cooking and fitness demos

10-11 a.m.: Fit Men Cook with Kevin Curry introduced by FOX 19’s Rob Williams

3:15-4:15 p.m.: Sports Talk with former US Soccer Star Cobi Jones on FCC

Cobi Jones was not the typical professional athlete, he had to walk on to play. His story is about perseverance and tenacity. In this session you will hear from other athletes on how they made it to and excelled at the highest level.

8-10 p.m., Concert with Nick Lachey and Run River North

*Tickets are needed for concerts and can be purchased at https://www.wellnessyourwayfestival.com/tickets

Nick Lachey, a multi-platinum recording artist, television personality and businessman first rose to stardom as the front-man of the popular band 98°, selling over 10 million albums worldwide and charting several top-forty hits. Lachey has also been a prominent television personality and producer.

Based in California's San Fernando Valley, Run River North is a six-member indie pop ensemble formed in 2011. After filming a unique video for their song "Fight to Keep" in the back seats of their small Honda cars, they caught the attention of the marketing department at Honda, which used the song in a commercial.

Saturday, October 6

9 a.m., Celebrity Fitness Session with Don-A-Matrix

Celebrity fitness trainer Don-A-Matrix (trainer to the Kardashians) as he takes participants through a resistance band-based full-body workout, infusing his signature Don-A-Matrix method. 

10 a.m.-6 p.m.: Wellness Your Way Festival Expo open featuring four stages with live cooking and fitness demos

10:30-11:30 a.m.: Today Show’s Joy Bauer Cooking Demo

Joy Bauer is one of the world's leading authorities on health and weight loss. As the nutrition and health expert for NBC’s TODAY show, Joy shares reliable, practical, and easy to follow advice that helps millions of people eat better, live healthier and lead more fulfilling lives.  

1-2 p.m.: TV Host Debbie Matenopoulous Cooking Demo introduced by Q102’s Amy Tobin

TV Host Debbie Matenopoulos will lead this fun-filled cooking demo where she will share the experience of a Greek meal and way of life from her book, "It's All Greek to Me.”

1:45 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.: Mindfulness with Jewel

"How can you hear your intuition speaking to you - it's a very quiet whisper - if you have so much anxiety? It's like having this radio station that is on static constantly."

3:15-4:15 p.m.: Celebrity Cooking Demo with Michael & Liz Symon

Iron Chef of America Michael Symon and his wife, Liz, will prepare and share some of their favorite dishes. These food icons will also share kitchen tips, and answer questions from the audience. 

3:30-4 p.m.: Book Signing with Jewel

Meet festival co-founder Jewel at a book signing of her latest book "Never Broken.”

8-10 p.m.: Concert with Jewel and Natasha Bedingfield

*Tickets are needed for concerts and can be purchased at https://www.wellnessyourwayfestival.com/tickets

Jewel is a singer-songwriter, actress, and 2x New York Times Bestselling author. As a wellness, water and mindfulness expert she is passionate about equal rights for LGBTQ, women, and at risk youth. Through her career Jewel has earned 26 Music Award nominations (including The Grammy's), winning eight times.  With #1 hits in folk, pop, dance, and country, Mark Burnett calls her “one of the best singer-songwriters in history.”