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Health Expo to offer screenings, meetings with medical professionals

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Hardin Memorial stages program Saturday at hospital

By Amber Coulter

Hardin Memorial Hospital representatives want to help area residents become more aware of their health and make sure they’re sufficiently informed to make good decisions about it.

Hardin Memorial Hospital Health Expo 2012 presents an opportunity to learn about risk factors for health concerns and help attendees learn how to prevent such issues.

The fair also showcases health-related services in the area and provides visitors a chance to talk to health-care professionals about concerns they have.

The expo, “Spring into Health” is from 9 a.m.-noon Saturday in the fifth floor auditorium of the hospital. It is free and open to the public.

Spring is a good time to present provide attendees with a fresh perspective on their health and to showcase good lifestyle choices, said Karen Blaiklock, community and industry education manager for Hardin Memorial Hospital. Area residents are more likely to spend time outside in spring, she said, a time of year when they should consider how well they’re pursuing New Year’s resolutions.

“This is an opportunity for us to re-evaluate our health status,” she said. “It’s a good opportunity for us to look at where we want to go for the rest of the year.”

The expo features free screenings including body fat, blood glucose, blood pressure, cholesterol and grip strength.

The screenings provide an opportunity to set goals for improvement and encourage those within healthy ranges to continue making healthy lifestyle choices, Blaiklock said.

There also will be informational booths on health-care issues and medical services, such as cancer care, diabetes management, digestive disorders, weight management, prenatal care, and hip and knee replacement.

Blaiklock said it’s important for a regional health-care system to keep families informed about health-care services available in the community and provide them opportunities to speak with medical professionals.

“I think a lot of people don’t know all the services that are available here in the community,” she said.

For more information, visit www.hmh.net or call 737-4464.

Amber Coulter can be reached at (270) 505-1746 or acoulter@thenewsenterprise.com.