The annual Healthy Living EXPO has been rescheduled – and it’s all because there will be more free screening opportunities for the community.

2015 Healthy Living EXPO rescheduled for April 26


The annual Healthy Living EXPO has been rescheduled – and it’s all because there will be MORE free screening opportunities for the community.

This annual health event, presented by Sentara Halifax Regional Hospital, has been rescheduled for Sunday, April 26 from 1 to 3 p.m. at Halifax County High School. This valuable community event is free of charge and guaranteed to get you revved up and ready to spring into a healthier lifestyle.

"Within the past two weeks, I’ve had physicians and some of our other healthcare providers present additional screening opportunities they want to offer the public. That’s a big reason why we opted to change the date," said Olivia Epps, manager of marketing and communication for Sentara Halifax Regional Hospital, and coordinator of the EXPO. "Anyone who has already called to make a screening appointment will still be on the schedule for their selected time, and we hope to see the schedules continue to fill up."

The focus at the EXPO is to provide visitors with free screenings followed by an opportunity to talk with a healthcare professional about their results. There are more than a dozen screenings at this year’s event. Some of this year’s screenings include:

Cholesterol and blood glucose screenings - The cholesterol and blood glucose tests are done at the same time. All it takes is one quick stick of a finger. Appointments are required for this test. Call 434-517-3635.

Head and neck cancer screenings - Do you have a sore in your mouth that won’t go away? Fernando Gomez-Rivera, M.D., of Sentara Southern Virginia Ear, Nose & Throat, will be providing screenings to help detect signs of head and neck cancer. An appointment is required for this screening. Please call 434-517-3635 to register.

Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) screenings - Do your legs hurt when you walk and feel better when you stop? This valuable screening will be offered through Sentara Cardiovascular Services at Sentara Halifax Regional Hospital. An appointment is required for this screening and only 30 slots are available. Please call 434-517-3635 to register.

Hernia screenings – A hernia is the protrusion of an organ or piece of tissue from its normally contained space. Two general surgeons from Sentara Halifax General Surgery will be on-hand at this year’s EXPO to do simple hernia screenings. An appointment is required for this screening. Please call 434-517-3635 to register.

Prostate screenings – Prostate cancer is the most common cancer affecting men, according to the American Cancer Society, and an estimated 220,800 new cases of prostate cancer will occur in 2015. For men over the age of 50 who have not had a prostate screening in the past 12 months, Dr. Christi Hughart, from Sentara Halifax Urology, will offer prostate screenings (digital rectal exams) at this year’s EXPO. An appointment is required for this screening. Please call 434-517-3635 to register.

Blood pressure - Stop by to receive your accurate blood pressure reading. Medical professionals will measure whether your blood pressure is high, low or normal. If your blood pressure is too high, you could be at risk of a heart attack or stroke.

Body mass index screening - Controlling your weight is an important part of living a healthy life. Body mass index (BMI) is a measure of body fat based on height and weight that applies to adult men and women. This test is easy—all you have to do is step on the scale, and everything will be calculated.

Oral health - Are your teeth giving you trouble? A dentist will be in attendance to take a look at the problems you are having and give advice on what to do next.

Vision screenings - Having a hard time seeing like you used to? Want to get it checked out? The South Boston Lions Club is actively involved in preventing blindness and preserving sight throughout Halifax County. They will be at the expo providing vision screenings to adults and children.

I have my results. Now what?

Once again, this year we will offer one-on-one opportunities for you to speak to a medical professional about your results and what they mean. He or she will work to answer any questions you may have about your results. They can begin to help you determine what your next steps are in living a healthier life.

What else will you find at the expo?

Do you wonder about your eating habits? Are you overweight? Our dietitian will be on hand to talk to you about nutrition, weight loss, exercise and healthy eating. Or you can simply enjoy a sample of tasty, healthy foods.

Are you a parent-to-be? Do you have questions regarding you and your baby? To receive answers, stop by the Family Birthing Center booth from Sentara Halifax Regional Hospital and learn about pediatric care options from Sentara Halifax Pediatrics.

Learn how cardiopulmonary rehabilitation can make and keep you fit. Local fitness providers will also be at the expo to talk about exercise plans.

Are you a smoker? Check out the Jar of Tar, and learn how to take the first step to quitting.

All of this and much more is waiting for you at the 2015 Healthy Living Expo. Mark your calendar for our rescheduled date - Sunday, April 26!