WVU Health Expo Nov. 2 at Morgantown Mall

The West Virginia University Health Expo – one of the largest community health events in the area – will be held at the Morgantown Mall Friday, Nov. 2, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The event will feature 46 exhibitors representing departments and programs at WVU Hospitals, University Health Associates, the WVU Health Sciences Center and affiliated organizations.

Free health screenings will be offered and healthcare professionals will be on hand to discuss health topics.  Attendees will also enjoy Appalachian-themed music and have a chance to win resort 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,” said 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.”

Last year nearly 4,000 health screenings were administered. Some of the free health screenings being offered this year throughout the event include: balance, blood pressure, body fat, body mass index, bone density, carotid artery, carpal tunnel syndrome, diabetic foot and shoe-fit, glucose, swallowing and voice. Electrocardiograms (EKGs) will be offered, as well as gallbladder and abdominal ultrasounds.

Breast cancer, cardiac and stroke risk assessments will be available all day.  Clinical breast exams will be offered from 8:30 a.m.-noon and 2 p.m. - 6 p.m.  Lymphedema screenings will be available from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Pre-registration is required for the following screenings and evaluations: foot, ankle and knee; lumbar spine, blood screenings and pulmonary functions. The blood screenings 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 Expo for $25. The shots are free with a Medicare card. WVU Cheat Lake Physicians will offer the shots from 8 a.m. - 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Those attending the Expo are encouraged to bring in household items for WVU Hospitals’ Rosenbaum Family House. The facility, a home-away-from-home for seriously ill patients receiving extended medical treatment, is in need of standard-size bed pillows, dryer sheets and Styrofoam cups.

At the Expo stage area near the food court, visitors to the Expo can enjoy Appalachian music.  At 1 p.m., Dan Cunningham, a Morgantown native and recording artist, will give an acoustic guitar performance. At 2 p.m. Ray Hicks will play his fiddle.  The Senior Kitchenaire Band will perform at 3 p.m., and Derrick McKee will take the stage at 4 p.m. with a pop-country vocal performance. The final two performances will be a fiddle performance by Mark Crabtree & Friends at 5 p.m. and a music and dance performance by the String of Pearls at 6 p.m.

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

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For more information:
Sarah Opel, WVUH , (304) 598-4000 ext. 72103
so: 10-15-07

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