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Annual HealthSmart Expo focuses on these 2 topics
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Mark Barton joins others Wednesday morning Oct. 11, 2017, at the Gainesville Civic Center for health screenings during the 11th annual Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce HealthSmart Expo. The free screenings involved cholesterol, blood pressure and hearing checks. - photo by Scott Rogers

Healthy eating and living share top billing at the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce’s 12th Annual HealthSmart Expo.

The event Wednesday, Oct. 17, at the Gainesville Civic Center features a sold-out breakfast, free health screenings, seminars and access to nearly 50 health-focused vendors handing out information about services they offer.

12th Annual HealthSmart Expo

What: Health screenings, workshops and vendors

When: 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17

Where: Gainesville Civic Center, 830 Green St.

How much: Free

More info: 770-532-6206

Longstreet Clinic will conduct screenings for blood pressure, body mass index, cholesterol, triglyceride and glucose, carotid arteries, hearing and vision, as well as spine checks.

Fasting before screenings is recommended, and free McDonald's salads will be given to the first 100 people getting screened. Appointments aren’t needed.

Also, a free flu shot will be offered with proof of identity and insurance card.

Scheduled seminars include:

  • "Farm to Table Living,” 10-11 a.m., presented by Tim and Tina Roberts, owners of 2 Dog Cafe in Gainesville

  • "Exercising for the Health of It,” 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., presented by Holli Lee, certified personal fitness trainer.

The 2 Dog Cafe owners will discuss “how to transition healthy eating and meal planning for meals at home,” according to the chamber.

And Lee will “share a variety of exercises that everyone can do to stay healthy, no matter your age.”

Door prizes will be presented throughout the day, including Fitbits, gift cards, a TV and massages from Spa on Green Street.

Free shuttle service will be offered at the civic center.

Those attending the breakfast will hear Dallas Gay, one of the organizers of Partnership for a Drug Free Hall, talk about the opioid epidemic and “what we are doing locally to address the tide of destruction caused by drug addiction.”

Gay’s grandson died in 2012 from an opioid overdose.

Also, the “Most Fit Company Awards” will be handed out during the breakfast.

Kit Dunlap, the chamber’s president and CEO, said she believes holding the annual event is important “to highlight the health care services available in the community” and to offer the free screenings.

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