WVU Medicine Expo: 6 reasons to attend the area’s largest health fair

Dana King, MD, of the WVU Department of Family Medicine, gives you six good reasons to attend the WVU Medicine Expo on Friday, October 14, from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. at the Morgantown Mall.

Dr. Dana King

1. Participate in health screenings. The WVU Medicine Expo provides convenient health screenings for cholesterol, bones strength, blood pressure, spine pain, glaucoma, and much more. The screenings are free and low-cost – and they’re bountiful at this important community event. Take advantage of this great opportunity to see if your health is on track!

2. Beat the flu bug. Flu vaccinations will be available at this Expo. Flu shots are the most effective way to prevent influenza and its complications. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone 6 months of age or older be vaccinated annually against influenza.

3. Get free health advice. Do you have a burning general question that you’d like to ask a nurse or a doctor? pharmacist? physical therapist? dietitian? This is your chance to get free advice from highly qualified health professionals and get your questions answered! Health professionals will be in attendance at booths all across the Expo to answer your questions about healthy lifestyles, diet, exercise, what screenings are most important, and how to stay healthy.

4. Get help deciding which diet is right for you. Eat more carbs or more protein? Count calories or points? Try weight-loss meetings or use an app on your cellphone? Come to the Expo and find out more about which foods to emphasize, which diet plans are most helpful, and how to fit in healthy eating with your busy lifestyle.

5. Ask about your exercise plan. Which exercise is right for me? How much do I need? Do I need to count calories, minutes, or steps? Should I run or cycle? How can I avoid injury? At the Expo, our experts are ready to answer these questions and more.

6. Your health is important. Some of the biggest regrets that people age 65 and older have are not about work accomplishments or money. Instead, they wish they had paid more attention to their health. Be wise – follow the advice of your parents and grandparents and pay attention to your health now. A stop at the Expo, along with a visit to a primary care provider, is a good first step.

The 2016 WVU Medicine Expo will feature 54 exhibitors, representing departments and programs at WVU Medicine and affiliated organizations. Visit the event website for more details.