Free health expo set for Sept. 23 in Adairsville
by Jessica Loeding
Sep 16, 2012 | 2443 views | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Small town or big city, living healthier is an issue across the country.

Adairsville Seventh-day Adventist Church, along with Gordon Hospital and the American Red Cross of Northwest Georgia, hope to help residents take the first steps toward improving their health.

Scheduled for 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 23, the agencies are hosting a health expo at Manning Mill Park in Adairsville.

“We have the same problem as everyone else does. Whether it’s a small town or big city” the community’s health is an issue, said expo coordinator Minerva Perez.

Saying people often are forced to change their lifestyles due to health problems, Perez said the expo could be the jump-start many need to make healthier lifestyle choices.

“We have, for example, people who want to stop smoking. We have a program for diabetes, weight loss, families,” she said.

Guests will have the opportunity to join “InStep For Life,” a national walking club, or sign up for classes such as “Breath Free,” a program for those looking to stop smoking.

Inside the Manning Mill Park facility, residents can get a health-age analysis, a five-minute massage, blood pressure checks and more.

Gordon Hospital will be offering discounted lab tests, including Lipid, CMP, CBC, TSH, Glucose/A1C and PSA. These will be done in the morning by appointment only and at a separate location. Results of the lab tests will be ready for pickup at the expo.

At 4 p.m., the film “Forks Over Knives” will be shown in the conference room. While tickets are free, guests are encouraged to reserve their seats.

“‘Forks Over Knives’ is an excellent movie. They have it right on target,” Perez said. “We are just using that to reach people, [to tell them] that we could prevent all these diseases.”

Perez said the Seventh-day Adventist Church has promoted a healthy life message for at least a century and the expo is offered in conjunction with First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative.

Entrance is free and families are encouraged to attend. For more information and to reserve movie tickets and lab tests, call 470-334-3563 or visit www.AdairsvilleHealthExpo.com.