Health and Wellness Expo is a success
— Getting on the right track to health was a breeze at the Kent County Health and Wellness Expo held Thursday at Kent County High School.
The annual event was the largest ever in the county and saw many members of the community come out to receive free medical information.
“It’s information all in one place. A onestop shop,” Karen Wright, executive director of HomePorts, said Thursday.
HomePorts has been holding the expo for years. Moving the expo to the high school allowed for the 80 vendors to set up in the school’s gym, along with expert talks in classrooms and health screenings around the campus.
“There’s a really great flow this year,” Pat Jetton said Thurday. She worked the vendor table for the Hearing Center of Chestertown. “The owner is giving a presentation later. It’s nice because it gives people more information.”
The expo provided Kent County residents with access to an abundance of free health care information. Free dental screenings for children and adults, vision screenings and respiratory checks were some of the many offerings available to residents.
“It’s central and free so everyone can come,” Wright said of the event. “If we can keep it here and the school is willing to host us, we’d love to come back. The community really needs this event.”
The goal of the expo seemed to be opening a door to wellness. While having a screening at an expo is a start, seeing a doctor regularly is the goal. The expo provided residents with information about Kent County has to offer related to health care.
Plenty of community members browsed through the vendors, which ranged from Zumba studios to life insurance.
“I stopped in to see what was here,” Carol Griffin said Thursday. Griffin works in Worton and decided to see what the expo had to offer. “I’m interested in seeing the vendors, and also I need to get a flu shot.”
Paul McDonald receives a flu shot from Jaclyn King, of Chesapeake College, at the Health and Wellness Expo Thursday at Kent County High School. The expo was the largest held in Kent County and included 80 vendors along with free health screening, dental checks, vision screening and more.
Tami Weber, left, talks to Kathy Sanderson of Candlelight Cove Assisted Living during the Heath and Wellness Expo. There plenty of vendors set up in the gym providing all kinds of information on anything from the benefits of yoga to caring for a loved one with Alzheimers.
Rick Briefs receives a free vision screening from Patricia Janes courtesy of Seidenber Protzko Eye Associates. The expo provided many brief screening by trained professions offering a starting point for healthcare in the county.
Makhi Graham, 3, receives his first dental check at the Health and Wellness Expo. The Colgate truck parked outside the school catered directly to children, and provided free checks to start kids on the path to excellent dental hygiene.