South Health District Hosts Annual Heart Health Expo

March 2, 2015

The South Health District recently hosted its Heart Health Expo – an annual event coordinated with Dasher Memorial Heart Center at South Georgia Medical Center and 100 Black Men of Valdosta, Inc. The free expo was offered to Lowndes County and surrounding communities to give local citizens convenient access to much needed health screenings.

The Heart Health Expo provided attendees free EKGs, carotid ultrasound screenings, cholesterol and blood sugar screenings, blood pressure checks, foot screenings and body fat analyses. The event also offered classes on cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), information on nutrition, smoking cessation and diabetes management. 

“We enjoy hosting our Heart Health Expo each year,” stated Traci Gosier, chronic disease promotions coordinator. “Through the event, we were able to deliver more than 135 glucose and blood sugar checks and body fat analyses this year. South Georgia Medical Center also provided 55 EKGs among other tests. Our Sweet Dreams program was also on hand to offer cardiovascular disease education as well.”

During the event, attendees spent their time completing various health tests and browsing educational tables before hearing numerous physicians from the community speak on health-related topics.

“The educational presentations at this event have been the central focus of the expo in the past,” said Gosier. “We hope people enjoyed these concise, informative discussions and used this information better understand diabetes and stroke, and improve their overall health not only during American Heart Month but all year round.”

With such great success of the Heart Health Expo in recent years, Gosier and her team are already looking forward to even larger health and wellness events in the future.

“Our attendee numbers keep increasing for this event each year so we know this is beneficial to our community,” says Gosier. “If the demand is there, we will continue to provide residents with exciting, hands-on wellness learning opportunities in a relaxed and fun environment. Implementing healthy behaviors is always more fun when you can make it a community effort among families and friends.”

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