WVU Health Expo Set For October 20

MORGANTOWN, W. Va. – The West Virginia University Health Expo – one of the largest community health events in the area – will be held at the Morgantown Mall, Friday, Oct. 20.  The event will take place from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., and will feature 45 exhibitors representing departments and programs at WVU Hospitals, University Health Associates, the WVU Health Sciences Center and affiliated organizations.

At the Expo you can receive free health screenings, talk with a health professional, give Pilates a try, and register to win spa packages and gym memberships.

“Months and months of planning go into this event, and hundreds of healthcare professionals, including physicians, nurses, pharmacists, therapists and dietitians, are involved,” says Stephanie Bock, director of community relations at WVU Hospitals. “WVU students pursuing a career in the healthcare field also play an important role in the event.”

Some of the free health screenings being offered throughout the event include: blood pressure, body fat, carbon monoxide, carotid artery, carpal tunnel syndrome, circulation, glucose and heartburn. Electrocardiograms (EKGs) will be offered, as well as gallbladder and abdominal aorta ultrasounds.

 “We all have the same mission – educating those in our community about their health, and stressing to them the importance of prevention and early detection,” Bock added. “We think one of the best ways to do that is through health screenings and assessments. Last year, we provided close to 4,000, and this year we hope to provide even more.”

Breast cancer, cardiac, HIV and stroke risk assessments will be available all day. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., lymphedema and Saeboflex screenings will be offered. Lymphedema is the abnormal swelling of a body part, most often an arm or leg, caused by an improperly functioning lymphatic system. Saeboflex screenings test the ability of the hands to flex, release and grasp objects.

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., immunization assessments are available. Participants need to bring immunization records.

Pre-registration is required for the following free screenings: balance, bone density, foot neuropathy, pulmonary function and skin cancer. Pre-registration is also required for the chair massages and nutrient analyses, which are free, and blood screenings, which cost $35 for the multiphasic and $15 for the PSA. Call the WVU HealthLine at 1-800-982-8242 to pre-register.

Flu shots will be offered at the WVU Health Expo for a special price of $25. They’ll be free with a Medicare card. The shots will be offered from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“We’re thrilled to have these available at this year’s event,” says Bock. “We haven’t offered them at the Expo since 2003 because of serum availability, and we think that offering them at the mall that day will be convenient for those who want to get their flu shot while participating in everything else we have going on.”

From 9-11 a.m. and 4-6 p.m., as well as upon request, child passenger safety checks will be conducted outside, behind the mall, near the Victoria’s Secret entrance. In addition, notaries will be available throughout the event to assist with living wills and medical powers of attorney forms.

Representatives from WVU Hospitals’ Rosenbaum Family House will be collecting pillows and laundry supplies for guests staying at their facility.

At the Expo stage area, Howard Emerson, a certified music practitioner at WVU Hospitals, will play his Celtic harp at 11 a.m. At noon, Leanne Boyd, a fitness specialist at HealthWorks Rehab and Fitness, will give a “Boot Camp” demonstration. At 3:30 p.m., Heather Wiles, a certified pilates instructor at HealthWorks, will give a pilates demonstration.

Four Heart Walks will also take place during this year’s Expo to support the American Heart Association’s fight against heart disease and stroke.

Walk participants are asked (not required) to collect contributions from family members and friends. Contributions, which can be made at the walks, will help the American Heart Association fund research, education, and community and support services.

The following walks are planned:

•           8 a.m. – Community Walk

•           11 a.m. – “Go Red for Women” (wear red!)

•           2 p.m. – Mountaineer Walk

•           5 p.m. – “Business After Hours”

The 8 a.m., 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. walks will involve participants taking a one-mile lap around the outside perimeter of the mall. The meeting point for these walks will be the American Heart Association booth inside the mall, located between the Food Court and the JC Penney entrance.

The 8 a.m. walk will be led by Mary Fanning, R.N., director of the adult cardiac nursing units at WVU Hospitals and chair of the Monongalia County Heart Walks. The 11 a.m. walk will be led by Claudette Brooks, M.D., WVU neurologist. And the 5 p.m. walk will be led by Stephen LaCagnin, administrative manager, Jackson Kelly PLLC, and board chair, Morgantown Area Chamber of Commerce.

The 2 p.m. walk of two miles will take place at the stage area near the Food Court. Participants will walk (and exercise) in place. This walk will be led by Joanne Carrigan and Linda Newell, fitness specialists with “Leslie Sansone In-Home Walking.”

For more information on the WVU Health Expo, go to www.health.wvu.edu

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For more information:
Stephanie Bock, WVUH (304) 598-6335

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