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2012 Health Expo draws a big crowd with free screenings

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

If it's been a while since you have gone to the doctor, hopefully, you went to the Columbus Trade Center on Saturday! The 2012 Health Expo kicked off to big crowds looking to check up on their health. 

One of the event organizers, Mark Ellis, stressed that this event was for everyone,"This not only targets those who may not have a physician or may not have insurance, but anybody who's interested in their health and interested in their well being.

Dozens of screenings were offered. You could get your eyes checked, your cholesterol checked, and pick up important information for your health. Screenings for different cancers, HIV, and even mental health were available for free.

"It's great because it's expensive and really, I think it's faster than when you go to the doctor's office," said Billie Lewis.

Having so many resources at your fingertips can prevent you from one day being in a lot of pain. Gloria Ellis ended up at her doctor's office after visiting one of the previous health expos. "My sister encouraged me to come to have this heel scan done if nothing else. I was very active at the time, and doing aerobics.  I did not have any clue that I would have an issue with that. Thank goodness I did it. There was a long line, but it was worth the wait because I found out that I [had]Osteoporosis."

She immediately went to her doctor, took more tests, and began taking better care of herself.

Today, she helps organize this event because she says, "It's very important. There are so many things in our lives that are in our bodies that we don't even know is going on. I didn't know I had any issues, nothing hurting or nothing to know that. It's free...they're offering their service for you. Love yourself enough just to come do it."

If you missed this year's event, don't worry, organizers say they are already making plans for next year.

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