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Annual health expo Saturday at Heritage Park

By Jason A. Smith

Local residents without health insurance, will be given an opportunity to learn more about their physical well-being this weekend in McDonough.

The seventh annual Southern Crescent Health and Wellness Expo will be held Saturday, inside the Jason T. Harper Event Center at Heritage Park. The free event is being sponsored by Eagle's Landing First Baptist Church.

Josie Lenny, the church's marketing director for the expo, said the event has been a successful venture for Eagle's Landing First Baptist. "It just keeps getting bigger every year," Lenny said. "We will have a business expo with different local businesses, medical offices and health-care organizations."

The expo will include screenings for bone density, cholesterol, blood sugar, vision, hearing, and chiropractic care, as well as head-lice detection and free massages, said Diana Cowan, a coordinator for the event.

Cowan said the expo helps people, who are struggling financially, to maintain their health better. "There are so many people who do not have health insurance," she said. "These screenings are so important for them, to prevent something bad from happening."

Organizers of the expo are also raising money to assist a local non-profit organization. Proceeds from business sponsorships for the event, said Cowan, will go to the Helping in His Name Ministries food pantry in Stockbridge.

"We raised $10,500 from the business expo sponsorships this year," she said.

The expo will include a Stock the Pantry 5K Run, and a one-mile Fun Run, Cowan continued. Registration for the races will begin at 8 a.m., and the 5K will start at 9 a.m.

The cost to register is $25 for the 5K, and $20 for the Fun Run, according to Cowan. Representatives from LifeSouth Community Blood Centers will also conduct a blood drive as part of the expo, she said, and visitors can adopt pets through Praying for Paws, a non-profit, pet-adoption agency in Henry County.

Canned-food donations will be accepted during the expo, Cowan added.

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