October 20 Health Expo Becomes Mega Event

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The free Health and Wellness Expo being held Thursday, October 20, 2016, from 8am to 1:30pm at Kent County High School in Worton, features an unsurpassed number of health screenings, exhibits, and expert talks— a one-stop, one day opportunity geared to all ages.

HomePorts, Inc. and Kent County Public Schools, in partnership with the Kent County Health Department, the University of Maryland Shore Regional Health, and Anne Arundel Medical Center, have enlisted over 80 exhibitors and arranged for ten expert talks. In addition, hospitals will have free screenings for lung function, pulmonary health, stroke risk, balance and fall risks, and pre-diabetes checks. Local dentists will conduct free oral health screenings, and local vision specialists will check eye health.

Free flu shots are available to those without insurance, compliments of Walgreen’s. Attendees can experience the results of distracted driving using the Texting While Driving Virtual Reality Simulator, a collaboration between the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration and AT&T. In addition to over 50 health and wellness exhibits, exhibitors include legal and financial services, food vendors, safety advocates, and home modification companies—a plethora of information about local resources.

Ten “Ask the Expert” talks will be held throughout the morning on topics ranging from new cancer findings to weight management and vitamin needs. Local health care practitioners are featured who are donating their time to answer questions and offer free guidance and information.

Topping off the day at 1pm will be a presentation by Deborah Mizeur, Co-Chair of the Rural Health Care Workgroup formed by the 2016 Maryland General Assembly to study and make recommendations on rural hospitals in the state. She will discuss “Designing an Integrated Health System for the Eastern Shore.”

“I encourage everybody to plan their time so they can come out to this. We’re doing this to help Kent County stay healthy. It’s an unprecedented opportunity,” said Wayne Benjamin, MD, local primary care physician and Chair of the Planning Committee.

As a local nonprofit organization serving the aging population in Kent County, HomePorts understands the importance of health care and preventive medicine, and maintains an active role in the community. Kent County strives to be a “community for a lifetime.” The aging population needs those of all ages to have access to preventive health screenings, wellness programs, and latest health, wellness and safety information.

For more information, call 443-480-0940, email info@homeports.org or visit www.homeports.org.

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