Health and Well­ness Expo is a suc­cess

Kent County News - - SOCIAL SCENE - By LEANN SCHENKE lschenke@thekent­coun­tynews.com

— 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.

PHOTOS BY LEANN SCHENKE

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.

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