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Health Expo to feature free info, screenings

The Warren Sentinel

FRONT ROYAL — Valley Health plans to offer an opportunity Saturday for residents to get health screenings, meet health professionals outside the hospital setting and get a free, heart-healthy breakfast.

The health system's annual Community Safety and Wellness Expo, scheduled from 8 a.m. to noon at Warren County High school, has more than 80 exhibitors lined up, according to a Valley Health news release.

"In the span of just a few hours, you can learn more about everything from local support groups, parenting concerns and crime prevention to the dangers of texting and driving, home and outdoor safety, and organ donation," event co-chairwoman Kim Shirley said in the release.

One of the expo's most popular attractions is the comprehensive bloodwork panel offered by Warren Memorial Hospital staff. For $45, staff will perform a basic panel, which includes a complete blood count, quantifying the number of red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets in the blood. The basic panel also includes a check of sugar, cholesterol and thyroid hormone levels.

Other tests may be added for additional fees, the release states. Such available tests include prostate-specific antigen, HsCRP — which determines risk factors for cardiovascular disease — and vitamin D screening.

A 12-hour fast is required before all bloodwork.

The expo will feature a number of free screenings, including blood pressure, body composition analysis, hearing and vision tests, seated massage, pulmonary fit testing and oxygen saturation.

There will be a limited number of vouchers available for no-cost mammograms.

A cardiologist will be on hand to review free, 12-lead electrocardiogram screenings.

Expo organizers also thought of ways to engage children and help them develop healthy habits, co-chairwoman Kristin Waltz said in the release.

"Kids will be able to take part in a healthy lifestyle challenge for a chance to win some great prizes, including a fitness tracker and athletic equipment," she said.

Children also can bring their favorite stuffed animals in for a check-up or pick up a new one, while supplies last.

The expo will include K-9 demonstrations and information on scooter and bicycle safety, along with helmet giveaways while supplies last.

Raffles will be held for scooters, knee and arm safety pads, life vests and car seats, according to the release.

Warren Memorial Hospital Nutrition Services will serve a free, heart-healthy continental breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m.

The school is at 155 Westminster Drive. The expo will be held rain or shine.

Visit valleyhealthlink.com/wmhexpo or call Warren Memorial Hospital at 636-0325 for more information.



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