HomePorts Inc. and Kent County Public Schools, in partnership with the Kent County Health Department, the University of Maryland Shore Regional Health and Anne Arundel Medical Center, will hold the annual Health and Wellness Expo on Thursday, Oct. 18.
The expo is from 8 a.m. to noon at Kent County High School in Worton.
According to a news release, this year’s expo, which is free and open to the public, is the largest ever held in this area. The event will highlight more than 75 community resources offering the latest health, wellness and safety information.
The release states, the expo is a one-stop opportunity for busy individuals and families of all ages.
Features include free health screenings, free morning refreshments, flu shots, 12 talks by local medical professionals and lunch available for purchase.
Expert talks, by physicians from both Shore Regional Health and Anne Arundel Medical Center and other health care practitioners, are listed here:
“Mental Health In Later Life” — Dr. Allan Anderson, geriatric psychiatrist;
“Ten Signs of Alzheimer’s and Dementia” — Cynthia Prud’homme, education coordinator, Alzheimer’s Association;
“Sleep Problems” — Dr. Fernando Cruz DeLeon, University of Maryland Shore Regional Health;
“Hormone Replacement Therapy: Risks and Rewards” — Dale Jafari, Nurse Practitioner, University of Maryland Shore Regional Health;
“Exercise/Physical Fitness Programs in Kent County” — Dr. Paul Simonetti, physical therapist, Chestertown Orthopedics and Sports Medicine;
“Facts and Myths of Hospice Care” — Heather Guerieri, RN, MSN, CHPN, executive director, Compass Regional Hospice;
“How Can Grief Support Help” — Rhonda Knotts, MCC, supervisor of grief services, Compass Regional Hospice;
“Urogynecology and Pelvic Health” — Dr. Briana Walton, obstetrician/gynecologist, Anne Arundel Medical Center;
“Cardiovascular Health” — Dr. Juan Cordero, cardiologist, Anne Arundel Medical Center;
“Diabetes: Strategies for Lowering Your HA1C” — Doris Tate, diabetes management nurse practitioner, University of Maryland Shore Regional Health;
“Pain Management During the Opioid Epidemic” — KURE pain management;
“Stress Management” — Patricia Deitz, licensed clinical social worker, Chester River Behavioral Health.
“This is an event people shouldn’t miss,” Dr. Wayne Benjamin, event director, said in the release. “It is a once-a-year opportunity for free screenings and a huge variety of useful information- something for everybody. I especially want people to know about and take advantage of the classroom information sessions led by health care experts on 12 different topics. Everyone, I guarantee, will come away with new information and be better prepared to manage their own health and their family’s health.”
The school gym will serve as a exhibit hall, with tables staffed by professionals offering a variety of information and guidance on local services.
For information on exhibiting, contact Greer Davis, 410-708-2993 or email@example.com. The deadline for exhibitor sign-up is Sept. 15.
In addition, at 12:30 p.m. there will be a forum with candidates for Kent County Commissioner, who will address topics of community concern.
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit homeports.org.