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HealthSmart Expo to emphasize value of movement
Lanier Technical College nursing student Stevie Ankerich, right, takes information from Zemma Gaither for a health screening at the 2015 HealthSmart Expo.

HealthSmart Expo

When: 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday

Where: Gainesville Civic Center, 830 Green St., Gainesville

Cost: Free admission

HealthSmart Breakfast

When: 7:30 a.m. Wednesday

Where: Gainesville Civic Center, 830 Green St., Gainesville

Tickets: Sold out

The 10th annual HealthSmart Expo, sponsored by the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce, will emphasize getting up, moving, walking and running, Kit Dunlap, president of the chamber, said Wednesday.

The expo will be at the Gainesville Civic Center from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Oct. 5.

The breakfast at 7:30 a.m. is sold out. Jeff Galloway, a U.S. Olympian and fitness expert, will be the featured speaker at the breakfast.

He will talk about “No Pain Required: How Fitness Improves Attitude, Vitality & Better Brain Activity.”

The Most Fit Company awards also will be announced at the breakfast. Awards will be presented for large, medium and small companies.

The event will include more than 60 exhibitors and free health screenings.

The expo is free and provides free shuttle service, seminars and lunch for the first 100 screenings.

The Longstreet Clinic will provide free screenings for those 18 and older on blood pressure; body mass index; cholesterol, triglycerides and glucose testing; asthma screening and orthopedic joint screening.

Galloway also will be featured at a 10 a.m. seminar, talking about “running until you’re 100.” It will cover the mental side of training and fitness.

Two other seminars will follow. They will be “Hands Only CPR Training,” presented by George Ordway and Daniel Thompson from the North Georgia Heart Foundation at 11 a.m. and
“Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food” by Caroline Lewallen from Jaemor Farms at noon.

Dunlap said the moving theme “fits in with a lot of things we’re doing.” She said Vision 2030, which started the idea for a health expo, will have a display of trails and greenspace in the county.

Door prizes also will include walking and running shoes and running outfits, Dunlap said.

“Look at what’s happened with health care and wellness in this community alone” in the last 10 years, Dunlap said. She noted the growth of medical practices, clinics and the hospitals in that time.