Health and Fitness EXPOs & Tradeshow News
Health Expo connects people, providers
BEACH — Participation levels for vendors and visitors
increased for the 2010 Health Expo held Wednesday at the
Edgewater Beach Conference Center.
More than 2,000 participants came through the doors to
receive gift bags, complimentary tests, screenings and
medical consultations. The grand prize giveaway was two
free tickets on Southwest Airlines.
Sixty-six vendors, ranging from area hospitals to spinal
centers, had booths stocked with visuals, handouts and
The expo also featured presentations from area doctors in
their areas of expertise, including topics on advances in
spine surgery, cosmetic surgery, dementia and heart
Medical Center, one of the sponsors of the event, offered
glucose screening, which took blood from only a prick on
the finger, and diabetes screening.
The Bay County Health Department had about 500 swine flu
vaccines available to the public free of charge. The
department also offered HIV testing.
Gulf Coast Medical Center, also a sponsor, had its
AngioScreen test available for visitors at a reduced cost
Harold Logan, a former pharmaceutical representative who
retired in 1997 and a Panama City Beach resident, came
out for the AngioScreen.
“I saw it in the paper and thought I would come out and
try it,” he said.
The AngioScreen takes 10 to 15 minutes to complete and
runs patients through a series of eight tests. The screen
included blood pressure, EKG, pulse, heart rhythm, body
mass index, ankle brachial index and aortic diameter.
“Everything was great and that makes you feel great,”
Logan said about his results.
This is the second year the free community health event
has been held with the mission of bringing members of the
medical community into contact with residents and
The Health Expo is sponsored by The News Herald.
“It is wonderful to see the Health Expo grow each year,”
said News Herald Marketing Director Vickie Gainer. “We
see an outpouring of support from all facets of the
medical community, and the participants really take away
a lot from this event.”