Dozens of health care exhibitors will offer information and free health screenings to encourage adults and children to eat healthy, be more active and adopt preventative steps to avoid serious illnesses.
The expo, which is in its fifth year, will be on the lower level of the mall from noon to 5 p.m.
More than three dozen exhibitors including hospitals, health centers, physicians, dentists and other health care professionals, health insurers, training institutes and government agencies will discuss health issues and offer resources on some of the health issues that plague our community.
Jennifer Parker, editor and publisher of CrossRoadsNews, says the Health and Wellness Expo is one of four community expos that the newspaper sponsors annually at the 1.3 million-square-foot Lithonia mall. The others are the Summer Camp Expo in March, the Small Business Expo in April and the Family & Adoption Expo in August.
Parker says the Health & Wellness Expo is East Metro Atlanta’s largest gathering in celebration of health and wellness.
Since its launch in 2006, the Health & Wellness Expo has attracted between 7,500 and 10,000 people to the mall every January.
“It is a great place for people to educate themselves about health issues and become motivated to take better care of themselves,” Parker said.
This year title sponsors of the expo are Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Hughes Spalding and the DeKalb Chapter of 100 Black Women. Expo goers will have their pick of screenings for diabetes, hypertension, prostate cancer and HIV/AIDS.
The DeKalb Board of Health will offer free H1N1 vaccines and STAND Inc. will offer free HIV/AIDS tests to the first 100 people.
There will also be performances and demonstrations from the Main Stage in front of Macy’s. Call 404-284-1888.