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St. Bernards hosts annual Health and Fitness Expo

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JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) -

St. Bernards Medical Center kicked off its 10th annual Health and Fitness Expo on Saturday.

Several people across Region 8 went out to A-State’s Convocation Center to take advantage of free screenings.

According to Executive Director of the hospital Lydia Parkey they had 122 booths set up this weekend to spread awareness of the importance of health and fitness.

"We're super proud to put this event on again,” Parkey said. “It's our tenth year, and we like to think that we're ten years older, ten years healthier. There are physician panels. We've already had a couple, and we will have three more today about what's new in healthcare, why primary care doctors are so important."

St. Bernards also hosted a healthy cooking kitchen and physicians hosted the Doc Rock and Run despite the rain. 

Parkey said the half marathon benefits the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at St. Bernards, which is the only level 3 NICU in Northeast Arkansas.

About 600 of the event goers participated in the run, and after the race, the top runners received an award from Miss America Savvy Shields. 

"Last year our race raised $10,000 for the NICU," Parkey said."So, we're hoping to beat that this year and If possible to add to our $50,000 we've been able to give over the last several years we've been doing the race back to the NICU at St. Bernards."

St. Bernards is also hosting a Kids Mile and Kids 13.1 Mile Challenge on Sunday beginning at 2 p.m. Parents can register their children on site. 

Parkey said if you missed the other event's, you can still take advantage of all the free screenings and activities on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Convocation Center. 

On Sunday, students in grades 8-12 had the opportunity to get pre-participation physicals. 

Officials said the physicals included doing EKG tests to checking ears, nose and throats. 

Orthopedic surgeon Dr. Jeremy Swymn said the physicals give students and their parents piece of mind. 

"Rather than going to one family doctor and then them making you see a bunch of different people it's all done at one place. It's very well organized, very well attended, clearly from all of our high schools as you can see from how many people are here," Dr. Swymn said. 

Doctors were expected to do about 1,200 physicals on Sunday. 

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