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Healthy Aging Expo featured screenings, info, even a colonial re-enactor
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Sandra Maxwell spins a prize wheel at The Vitamin Shoppe's booth during the Healthy Aging Expo in The Venue at Friendship Springs in Braselton on Wednesday, March 14, 2018. The event featured vendors, speakers and exhibits geared toward seniors. - photo by David Barnes

Doris Joyce checks her blood pressure every day. The Times’ Healthy Aging Expo in South Hall on Wednesday, March 14, gave her another opportunity to do that — plus much more.

“I’m here just to see what’s going on,” she said. “I’m just browsing.”

Joyce also brought her neighbor Peggy Eggers, who had never seen The Venue at Friendship Springs, where the event was being held, or that the building tucked off Spout Springs Road in Braselton was even there.

“It’s nice. I hope I get around and see everything,” Eggers said.

They were among the scores of people being dropped off by a shuttle or just pouring in the doors at The Venue to check out the wide array of health and age-related services offered at booths.

Attendees underwent health screenings and grabbed brochures and other information. Food trucks, music and prizes were featured.

Linda Space, who lives at the nearby Village at Deaton Creek retirement community, said she came mainly for the health screenings and to see “what’s new in the health field.”

“I’m not sure, particularly, whether I’m interested in vendors, per se,” she said.

Lisbeth Fabiny of Five Seasons Health talked to people about her company’s services. She said, as a health coach, she can help clients turn around lifestyle and behavior changes in an average of three months, compared to 18 months with a doctor.

Clients are very involved in the transition.

“They craft the strategy and the accountability structure,” Fabiny said. “And I walk that journey with them.”

Heather Brand talked to attendees about Brenau University Learning & Leisure Institute, a continuing education arm of the Gainesville-based college.

“We want to share information,” said Brand, office manager with the institute, about why it was important to participate in the expo.

Carter Wood, dressed in the uniform of one of Gen. George Washington’s staff, is leading a class at the institute, “The Reluctant Rebels of the American Revolution.”

He greeted curious people to the Brenau table.

The Times held the event — its second one — especially in South Hall just to spread it around the county.

"Our first Healthy Aging Expo, held in Gainesville, was such a big success that we thought it was important that we do another for residents in the south end of the county,” General Manager Norman Baggs has said.

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