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JONESBORO, AR (KAIT)- The Community Health Education Foundation hosted their annual Women's Health Conference, Saturday.

Staff said about three hundred women attended the event. Numerous health screenings were offered at the conference, free of charge.

"It's beneficial to the community because all our screenings today are free," said public health educator and volunteer, Kim McCray. "So whether you have insurance or you don't have insurance, you can come get screened, you can receive several screenings."

The free screenings included cholesterol, blood pressure, EKG, mammograms,osteoporosis, take-home colorectal, glucose,COPD, vision care and dental care. Debra Clayton attended the event for the first time and said she has never see a health fair this big.

"Health is very important, and right now I've been laid off so I have no insurance and so it's a great opportunity, and we need to take care of ourselves," Clayton said.

Educational info-sessions were also offered at the conference. Some sessions included:how to make bouquet and arrangements, healthy grocery shopping on a budget, interior designs dos and donts, finding a balance in your life, exercise at home and more. 

McCray said the purpose of this conference is to promote heart health awareness. Heart disease is the No.1 killer of women in the U.S., so this event helps women know the status of their health.

"These are screenings that if they went to their doctor, it would cost them more money out of pocket, but today they can receive these services free," she said.

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