The Claiborne County Health Expo was recently held at Pump Springs Baptist Church in Harrogate.
The room was full of citizens eager to take advantage of the knowledge and services the various vendors such as Tennova and Humana the expo provided.
Carol Brandon, Claiborne County extension agent for family and consumer sciences, stated that “the goal of the health expo to is provide free health screening and provide our county residents and neighboring residents information about health opportunities.”
The expo featured various free health screenings that included blood pressure, blood glucose, bone density and carotid Doppler imaging. There was also free food tasting and information about a healthier diet and food was also available for all in attendance.
When asked if knowledge about all of the health care programs and opportunities was lacking in the area, Brandon stated “Probably…it’s just getting the knowledge out there and letting them know of new services.”
On the importance of the expo to small communities like Claiborne and neighboring counties, Brandon said, “I think it’s very important. A lot of folks have decent health care coverage, but a lot of them don’t. It’s good for them to know whats available.”
“It’s a great way to serve the community and proved this service way to get the message out,” she said.
The expo, an annual event, was sponsored by the Claiborne County Health Council, Claiborne Senior Citizens Center and Pump Springs Baptist Church. It is open to all residents of the Tri-State area.
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