“Stop Domestic Violence” is this year’s theme at the fourth annual Cooke County Healthy, Happy & Whole Expo from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Oct. 2 at the Gainesville Civic Center.

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness month and during the expo a food drive will be held to stock the new Abigail’s Arms Family Crisis Shelter.

Food drive participants will be entered in a drawing.

Health screenings will be available for children and adults. Admission is free and concessions will be available from Cooke County 4-H members.

The expo, which began in 2011, is a centralized source of free information for visitors and will feature many area health vendors and medical agencies.

Services scheduled include screenings for blood pressure, cholesterol, chiropractic status and diabetes, plus flu shots and a blood drive. Hospice agencies, elderly sitting services and pharmacies will also be available to provide information about their services.

“At the expo people can actually see someone and talk to them one-on-one,” Expo co-chair Stacey Watson said. “There’s something for everybody.”

This year’s platinum sponsors include Hometown Pharmacy, CIgna Health Spring, North Texas Family Medicine of Cooke County, Air Evac Lifeteam, Dr. Shawn White at Gainesville Clinic and Gainesville Daily Register.

Hometown Pharmacy is located at 1201 N. Olive St. with locations also in Whitesboro and Pilot Point. As a pharmacy, it provides medications and has a certified diabetes educator for consultation. Pharmacists and staff are available to answer questions. Vaccines and flu shots are available for customers ages 8 and older, including world-travel vaccines.  The three locations also specialize in compounding, nutrition expertise and veterinarian medicine. It has one of the largest vitamin selections available in the area. Free medication delivery is available on request.

North Texas Family Medicine of Cooke County has been family-owned since 2004 by Jay and Lisa Houk. The agency has locations in Lake Kiowa at 6700 FM 902, suite 404 and in Pilot Point. Its members offer services that include immunizations and management for blood pressure, high cholesterol, weight and diabetes. Family care is available for all ages with diagnostic testing on site and minor surgery as well as accepting walk-ins. New patients are welcomed.

“We treat your family like our own,” said Lisa Houk.

Visit one of their locations or call 940-686-0860 or 940-668-6836 or visit www.northtexasfamilymedicinelt.com.

AirEvac Lifeteam is part of the AirMedCare Network which operates a membership-supported air medical services in the United States conducting its operations through more than 200 mutually supporting air medical bases across 28 states. The company has established itself as the preeminent provider of air ambulance services to communities in need of advanced emergency health care and rapid medical transport. Air Evac representative Joe Mozingo said his company, with its many bases, ensures a strong network of service and support.

“We’re able to fly you to the most appropriate hospital for your injury or illness,” he said. “And we have a membership program that can save you many thousands of dollars on your flight."

Shawn L. White is a Doctor of Medicine and practices the full range of Family Medicine including Obstetrics at the Gainesville Clinic. Dr. White and Cindy Joffrion, Family Nurse Practitioner, work together alongside their staff, Mandy Peters, LVN and Lauren Childress, LVN to care for all their patients. The patients of the Gainesville Clinic range from the unborn to 94 years old and everyone in between. The Gainesville Clinic, like their very first patient seen, is now one year old. The Clinic is located at 1820 O’Neal suite 5 in Gainesville. Call 940-580-3070 to make an appointment.

The Gainesville Daily Register, Cooke County’s only daily newspaper, has now served its readership area for 125 years.

“The Register is one of only a few newspapers in the country that has published for 125 years in the same exact location,” Register Publisher Jim Perry said. “Don’t believe the line that newspapers are dying. With our online and mobile audience the Register now has more readers than it has had in its entire history.”

The Register provides the area with the best local newspaper coverage possible.

“This is the fourth consecutive year for the Healthy, Happy and Whole Expo,” Perry said. “The Register has been a platinum sponsor all four years. We have watched the expo grow and provide more valuable information to our community. We’re proud to be a part of it.”

The Healthy, Happy & Whole Expo board members include co-chair Stacey Watson, Hometown Pharmacy; co-chair Joe Mozingo, AirEvac Lifeteam; Janet Shuppert, River Valley Health & Rehabilitation; Dawn Evetts, Whitesboro Health & Rehabilitation; Cathy Kinsella, Home Hospice of Cooke County; Megan Anderle, Renaissance Care Center; Shari Kuykendall, Jordan Health Services and Rhonda Beam, Gainesville Daily Register.

For more information call Joe Mozingo at 903-209-5426 or Stacey Watson at 940-255-9774.

Tables are still available.

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