After months of planning and renovation, Epic Healthy Living Education Center opened its doors for its open house on July 27.
Close to 100 people toured the facility at 149 N. Seymour in Mundelein and attended the grand opening ceremony. The 22,000-square foot former grocery store has been transformed into a community center with an up-to-date classroom equipped with projector, Karaoke sound system and Wi-Fi; a central carpeted space for tai-chi, yoga and dance class; as well as side activity areas for badminton courts, table tennis and card games and mah jongg.
The ceremony kicked off with the host, Xiangdong Xu, welcoming everyone, acknowledging a few key people, including building owner Jianhua Guo and his wife, Zhiping Lu, web designer Xian Chen, and interior designer Xin Zhang.
He then introduced the founder and president, Dr. Yaya Liu, who has more than 18 years of experience in the pharmaceutical drug discovery area. Dr. Liu was a key contributor in the discovery of AbbVie's HCV polymerase inhibitor, which is currently in clinical development.
Despite her success in the antiviral area, she believed that there are some diseases that can be better tackled by disease prevention tactics rather than therapeutic intervention. She then talked about her working experience and what made her decide to change her career to setting up such a nonprofit organization.
In doing this, she will be able to focus on promoting the awareness of disease prevention against cancer and Alzheimer's disease, providing learning opportunities for personal enrichment and a healthy living style, and serving as a community center for working professionals and senior citizens.
The ceremony concluded with multiple guest performances from the instructors' students. The center is fortunate to have the support from many well known and accomplished teachers, including tai-chi instructor Master Guo, dance teacher and artistic director Qing Ye and a professional oil painting artist Xin Zhang.
The performances included chorus, directed by Dr. Jinhe Li; Latin dance from Stardust; Tai Chi from Master Guo's students; and Chinese folk dance from SunnyU Culture and Education Center and Phoenix performing art group.
The performances were well received and many members of the audience were inspired to begin their membership with the center. The center encourages anyone who is interested to visit www.epichealthyliving.org for details.
• To submit Your news with one photo, go to dailyherald.com/share. To submit Your news with multiple photos, send it to firstname.lastname@example.org.