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Halifax Regional Hosts Healthy Living Expo Sunday

How are you doing with those New Year’s resolutions? Have you been exercising more? Have you given up junk food? Have you had a blood test lately?
Do you need some encouragement to stay on track? Or, perhaps you really don’t know where to begin.  Why not begin at Halifax Regional Health System’s 2010 Healthy Living Expo? This health fair extravaganza takes place on Sunday from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday at Halifax County High School and is free of charge.

At the Expo you’ll be able to participate in free screenings to help you know your numbers — the numbers that tell you just how you’re doing. Learn your blood pressure, and what to do if it is too high or too low. Learn your body mass index and what to do to get it on track. Learn your cholesterol and blood glucose levels — all it takes is one quick stick of a finger — and learn what kind of lifestyle changes you can make to prevent cardiovascular disease and stroke.

Call (434) 517-3946 to make an appointment for this finger stick. Appointments are required.

Have you received your H1N1 vaccination? If not, come to the Expo where the Halifax County Health Department will give you the vaccination free of charge.

Concerned about your medications? Brown bag it with one of Halifax Regional’s pharmacists. Just bring all your medications and let him have a look. He’ll answer any question you have.

Think you might be depressed? Take a depression/anxiety screening and if your worries are justified, learn what to do about it. While you’re at it, learn something about stress management.

Does osteoporosis have you worried? Complete a risk factor questionnaire and learn what to do next. Having trouble sleeping? 

Take a sleep disorder screening and learn more about sleep studies and how they might help. When was the last time you had a vision screening?

Take one with the Lions Club at the Expo. Worried about oral cancer? Dr. James Priest and Dr. Michael Peer will be present to screen you for that.

Want to get a little exercise while your there? At the Expo you’ll be able to slip into a chair exercise class, led by the YMCA. It’s a great way to test the waters and just might convince you that exercise can be tons of fun.

Worried about diabetes? Talk with the experts about this debilitating disease and what you can do about it. Overweight? Learn how you can take control of your diet, sample some healthy food and take the recipe home with you.

Kids — the Expo is for you, too. Exercise your brain by scoping out the latest and greatest books from the Halifax County/South Boston Public Library. Have a screening for amblyopia. Learn about the YMCA’s after school program.  

Learn a variety of helpful and healthy things at the Expo. Test your hand washing skills. Treat your hands to a warm paraffin bath. Test your grip strength and your balance.

Learn the importance of advanced directives and take the first step to completing a living will.

Need a primary care physician? Learn about Halifax Regional’s four family practice affiliates. 

At the Expo you can learn about community resources and how they can help.

Learn about the Alzheimer’s Association, the Halifax County Cancer Association and DOVES.

Learn how to sign up for Social Security benefits online.

Talk with representatives from the Halifax County Sheriffs Office and the South Boston Police Department.

Learn about the American Red Cross. 

Learn about R.I.S.E. – Resource Information Sessions of Encouragement, Halifax Regional’s bereavement services and learn about Halifax Home Health and Hospice services.

Worried about future long term care needs? Visit with representatives from the Woodview, Seasons at The Woodview and MeadowView Terrace to see what those facilities offer.

Learn how cardio-pulmonary rehabilitation can make and keep you fit. Still a smoker? Check out the “Jar of Tar” and learn how to take the first step to quitting.