Community Safety & Wellness Expo is Saturday

Learn about maintaining a healthy lifestyle at Warren Memorial Hospital’s annual Community Safety and Wellness Expo on Saturday.

The expo will be held from 8 a.m. to noon at Warren County High School, 155 Westminster Drive in Front Royal, with over 80 community health and wellness agencies in attendance.

Kristen Waltz, co-coordinator of the expo, said the event has been taking place for over 30 years with between 600 to 800 people attending annually.

She said one of the biggest attractions is the comprehensive blood work offered by Warren Memorial Hospital laboratory staff. For $45 participants can receive a general wellness panel with a complete blood count; complete blood panel that measures glucose levels, electrolytes, kidney and liver functions; a lipid profile and thyroid gland test. Other tests can be added for a fee, including the prostate-specific antigen HsCRP that indicates cardiovascular risk factors, and vitamin D screening. A 12-hour fast is required for blood work.

A Valley Health news release stated many free screenings will be offered as well, including blood pressure, body composition analysis, hearing and vision tests, seated massage, pulmonary fit testing and oxygen saturation. Vouchers will also be given for a no-cost mammogram.

Waltz added that new this year is a free 12-lead EKG screening, with review by a cardiologist to check the heart’s electrical activity.

“The hope is that people are able to get screenings that they normally couldn’t,” she said, “and they find a lot of the good resources in the community and connect with other people.”

She added that for the kids, many popular and fun attractions will be on site, including the popular Teddy Bear Clinic where kids can bring their own stuffed animal or have one given to them on site for a free checkup. There will also be K-9 demonstrations, information on scooter and skateboard safety from Warren County Sheriff’s Office DARE, along with helmets for those in need. Kids can also check out the emergency and specialized duty vehicles and visit with Smokey the Bear and the Chick-fil-A cow.

Raffles will also be held for scooters, skateboards, pads, life vests and car seats.

A free heart healthy continental breakfast will be served from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. by Warren Memorial Hospital Nutrition Services.

For more information, visit the event website at www.valleyhealthlink.com/wmhexpo or call Warren Memorial Hospital at 540-636-0325.

Contact staff writer Kaley Toy at 540-465-5137 ext. 176, or ktoy@nvdaily.com