Health and Fitness Expo offers free screenings

By Amanda Hanson  - bio | email feedback

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - The Healthcare Medical Group hosted the Health and Fitness Expo at the ASU Convocation Center Saturday.  Offering everything from free health screenings, to cooking demonstrations.  Thousands of people attended Saturday's free event.

The Expo had over two hundred booths, as well as fitness demonstrations and health seminars.  It is a chance for the community to interact with physicians.

The event offers blood pressure, cholesterol, and diabetes check, as well as free tetanus shots, skin evaluations, and a blood drive.  "I had a couple come by my booth and thank me for having it, and said they canceled their vacation to Branson for the weekend because they didn't have insurance, and they decided to cancel their vacation and come to the Expo to get the free screenings," says William Young, president of the Healthcare Medical Group.  They even offered free massages.

For the first time, the Expo offered free mammogram.  The participate had to be over the age of 40, without insurance, and wit no outstanding breast issues.  "We know that breast is one of the leading causes of death among women. For those who are uninsured and do not have access to screening mammograms, we hope we really can make a difference today in reaching, even if it's just that one patient, if we're able to save a life that's what we're here for today," says, OBGYN Physician, Joe Sams.  "I'm 42 and I don't have insurance being a student, so that really helps a lot. It's hard to have really doctors visits when you don't have insurance," says Elizabeth Hooks.  Hooks was helping out with the blood pressure and health screens at the Expo.

While there are various separate health screenings for diabetes and cholesterol throughout the year, the Health and Fitness Expo offers the entire package in one sitting.

The event will continue through Sunday April 11th.

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