by Ruth Haller
Nearly 200 attendees swarmed the registration area when the DeBary-Orange City, Fla., Church opened its 2012 Health Expo on the first Sunday in April. Nowhere was the enthusiasm for this event more noticeable than when one eager attendee showed up the day before. She did, however, stay for the entire Sabbath church service.
People responded happily to a neck and back massage which was the first of many free services offered. Body mass index, the Harvard Step Test, and a lung capacity test were also very popular.
Health age analysis, which provided a comparison between chronological age and health age was an eye opener for those whose lifestyles were less than healthy. Other testing offered was for glucose and cholesterol screening which proved to be two of the most popular tests with the longest lines.
Besides health screenings, doctors from varying medical specialities were available to answer questions. Counseling was provided to discuss problems found during a screening. A dietician answered questions regarding diet.
Two local newspapers gave the Health Expo exposure with a front page story in one and a center page article in the other. Colorful flyers distributed at Florida Hospital Fish Memorial in Orange City, doctor’s offices, large local stores, and health and beauty salons helped draw attendees.
The Personal Ministries department had a table filled with health-related literature, along with spiritual books and pamphlets. The DVD, Forks Over Knives, was a popular free item given away.