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Health expo to take place Saturday

Posted: October 22, 2012 - 12:08pm

Busy schedules make it easy to put off getting an important health screening.

The sixth annual Health and Wellness Expo on Saturday, however, makes it easier to get checked out in one place.

“It’s a one stop shop,” said event coordinator Beth Frits.

The free expo, sponsored by WJBF News Channel 6, takes place from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Savannah Rapids Pavilion, 3300 Evans-to-Locks Road.

There will be more than 40 exhibitors, including University and Doctors Hospital, providing information and free health screenings.

“There will be lots of free stuff being given away at the booths,” Frits said.

Screenings will be available to check blood pressure, blood sugar, body mass index, bone density, vision and cholesterol levels. People also can get diabetes, prostate and scoliosis screenings.

A plaque scan can be set up by making an appointment in advance.

“There are a lot of things going on for the entire family focusing on a healthy lifestyle,” Frits said.

Other events will be going on throughout the day.

Those attending the expo can watch healthy cooking demonstrations and children can choose from several activities like inflatables, face painting, crafts and games, Frits said.

Free boat rides will be given along the Augusta Canal.

“If anyone has ever wanted to take that ride down the canal, this is a great opportunity,” Frits said. “That’s a fun trip to go down and learn the history of the canal.”

The expo usually draws between 2,000 and 3,000 people, she added.

For more information, go to www.wjbf.com and search for “health expo.”

IF YOU GO

What: Sixth annual Health and Wellness Expo

When: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday

Where: Savannah Rapids Pavilion, 3300 Evans-to-Locks Road in Martinez

Cost: Free

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