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HealthSmart Expo draws crowd to screenings, vendors, seminars
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Young Living Essential Oils owner Lisa Carr, left, discuses the product at her booth with Ella Carr on Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018, at the annual HealthSmart Expo at the Gainesville Civic Center. - photo by Scott Rogers

Amber Lindsey was getting a healthy break from her two children, both in school.

But the Dahlonega woman was also interested in keeping her overall well-being strong, as she strolled among the 50 vendors with tables spread out across the Gainesville Civic Center Wednesday, Oct. 17.

“I don’t get to relax and get out a lot, so this is kind of my oasis,” she said. “I get to learn new things. I come every other year, and I always check to make sure my blood is good and everything.”

In addition to exhibits, the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce’s 12th Annual HealthSmart Expo featured free health screenings for blood pressure, body mass index, cholesterol, triglyceride and glucose, carotid arteries, hearing and vision, as well as spine checks.

Free flu shots also were offered with proof of identity and insurance card.

Also featured were seminars on "Farm to Table Living” and "Exercising for the Health of It.” Door prizes were given throughout the day, including Fitbits, gift cards, a TV and massages from Spa on Green Street.

Going table to table, there was plenty to learn about products.

Lisa Carr, a certified health specialist representing Healthy Living Essential Oils, had aromatherapy at her table, but also personal care products, such as soaps, lotions and makeups, all with natural ingredients.

Young Living also offers healthier options for food, beverages, grains and multivitamins.

“You need to be proactive in working on your health,” Carr said. “We love and need doctors, but it’s great when we’re not sick. That’s what (the products) are about.”

Kicking off the event was a breakfast featuring Dallas Gay, one of the organizers of Partnership for a Drug Free Hall, as the guest speaker. He talked about the opioid epidemic and actions being taken to address the problem.

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

Also, during the breakfast, the chamber handed its annual “Most Fit Company Awards” to ProCare Rx in the category of businesses with more than 251 employees; Boehringer Ingelheim, businesses with 51-250 employees; and Georgia Poultry Improvement Association, businesses with 50 or less employees.

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Juli Dyer, nurse practitioner at the Longstreet Clinic, answers questions about the free health screens Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018, at the annual HealthSmart Expo at the Gainesville Civic Center. - photo by Scott Rogers
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