Gainesville Daily Register

October 5, 2012

Wellness expo promotes preventative healthcare

Staff Report
Gainesville Daily Register

Gainesville — Hundreds of wellness-minded patrons flooded Gainesville Civic Center Thursday for the “Healthy, Happy & Whole Expo,” sponsored chiefly by Select Energy Services, Gainesville Daily Register and ArmourGuard.

More than 70 vendors of healthcare products and services treated visitors to information and products related to personal maintenance — an d 15 of the booths specialized in health screenings on the spot.  

Visitors had opportunities for assessments of bone density, blood pressure, diabetic risk, oral cancer risk, skin cancer risk, hearing deficiency, depression risk, physical fitness and cholesterol levels, among others.

The local expo began in 2011, and the response was such that organizers found reason to repeat their success.

“We’ve done very well,” Stacey Watson of Hometown Pharmacy said Thursday. “We’ve had an excellent turnout and it’s better than last year.

Muenster Memorial Hospital Marketing Director Adelia Wilson, whose hospital wasn’t represented during the 2011 installment, admitted she was surprised at the crowd.

“Everybody’s getting their blood pressure checked and their flu shots and getting information,” Wilson said, adding that the organizers often benefit as much from the expo as visitors do. “It’s one of the best ways to get our name out there, especially among our peers.

We learn more from each other, and we all collaborate and share information, and so it’s good.”

• Platinum sponsors include Select Energy Services, Gainesville Daily Register and Armour Guard Storm Shelter and Safe Rooms.

• Gold sponsors included Hometown Pharmacy, North Texas Family Medicine, Texoma Council of Governments, Texoma Medical Center, Allegiance Ambulance, Angels Care Home Health, Ewing Heating and Air, Home Hospice of Cooke County, IntegraCare Home Health, Pecan Point Assisted Living, Renaissance Care Center, Texoma Wellness Center, TMC Behavioral Health Center and Whitesboro/Pilot Point Home Health, Inc.

• Friend sponsors included AirEvac Lifeteam, Anytime Fitness, Area Agency on Aging, Modern Woodman of America, Muenster Memorial Hospital, Ray of Sunshine Senior Care, Select Rehabilitation Hospital of Denton, Solaris Hospice, Texas Oral Surgery Group, The Willows at Sherman, Wesley Village and Wheeler House Assisted Living.

All proceeds from the event will go to United Way of Cooke County.