Beacon's Health Expo planned for March 1

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By Staff Brunswick Beacon

Free health screenings, informational lectures and a blood drive—are all part of The Brunswick Beacon’s second annual Health Expo. The event is set for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 1, at West Brunswick High School.

Exhibitors will be set up in the West Brunswick gymnasium.

Participants will have access to various free screenings including oxygen saturation, lung health, blood pressure, cholesterol, surface electromyography, blood sugar, vision, hearing and more. Chair massages are also available.

Free child care will be provided for parents who attend, and fingerprinting will be available for children.

Information sessions will include nutrition, germ fighting, breast health, addiction and resources for moms-to-be.

Organizer Christy Williamson of The Brunswick Beacon said the event was changed from June to March this year

avoid the peak-season traffic and other summertime conflicts.

She said the expo has something for people of all ages.

The American Red Cross has scheduled a blood drive during the event.

Several health lectures from local experts are scheduled including “A Brief Look at ADD/ADHD” at 10 a.m. by Rich Montgomery, Ed.S., school psychologist for Brunswick County Schools.

Physical therapist Pat McCauley is scheduled to give a lecture at 10:45 a.m. titled “Golf Fitness: Reducing Pain, Improving Performance.”

At 11:30 a.m., Joseph Kibler, DPM, of Brunswick Foot and Ankle Surgery will present “Top 10 Things You Should Know about the Foot and Ankle.”

At 12:15 p.m., Novant Health will present a panel discussion on cancer prevention featuring Thomas Beckett, M.D., of Southport Internal Medicine; Lori Church, M.D., of Oceanside Family Medicine; and Kevin Price, D.O., of Cascade Primary Care.

For the little ones, the Calabash Safety House will be onsite for a fun lesson on fire safety.

Brunswick County Parks and Recreation will provide entertainment, with dancers and dance instructors offering assistance with learning popular dance steps.

Several door prizes will be up for grabs including the grand prize, a $1,400 lawn tractor. Other prizes will include gift baskets, movie tickets, restaurant gift certificates, skin peels, massages and T-shirts.

Outback Steak House and Sunset Slush will be selling food, drinks and snacks.

Admission to “Health Expo 2008” is free.