Charleston Health & Wellness Expo offers free screenings, info to Lowcountry community

The Cooper River Bridge Run teamed up with Health Links and The City of Charleston to host the Charleston Health & Wellness Expo happening this week.

The expo, which runs from January 9-10, 2017 from 10am – 7pm at the Charleston Gaillard Center, is presented by MUSC.

The free event is being offered to promote health and wellness throughout the Lowcountry, and many took advantage of the more than 100 vendors on site during the first day.

“I just now had my blood tested,” said Ida Heyward, who lives in Charleston. “I’m a diabetic, and I had my pressure tested. My diabetes reading was excellent. My pressure was a little elevated.”

Heyward didn’t know about the expo, but she stumbled upon it when she stopped by the Gilliard Center to buy a ticket for an upcoming show.

She, like so many others, are taking advantage of the free services at the expo.

“I already did my first race so I’m getting more information for my next couple of races coming up,” said Jerry Butler, who gathered information on local gyms.

From gym memberships to the newest ways to lose weights, there’s something for everyone.

“She’s reading a book, she’s comfortable and enjoying her day losing her fat,” said Michelle Hensel of a woman utilizing a Cool Sculpting machine.

Hensel is the owner of Lowcountry Beauty and Wellness Spa and set up a Cool Sculpting booth for people to see the benefits of the popular machine that freezes fat.

“Anything, that no matter how much you work out or how much weight you lose, you still can’t get rid of it,” Hensel said. “When we treat those areas, we get rid of 20 to 30 percent of the fat cells in that area. It’s a wonderful procedure.”

There are even options for companies looking to cater their next working lunch without the pizza.

“We have a lot of healthy options, salad options,” said Anja Stief, owner of Dish and Design Catering. “We pay attention to dietary needs, allergies. We want to have people to stay awake during meetings and after meetings and not go to sleep after a heavy meal.”

Whatever you’re looking for, there’s a ticket to a new, healthier you for everyone. It’s something Heyward said is the key to a long life.

“I encourage people to stay on top of their health,” she said. “Health is very important, walking is good, and most important, laughter is good for the soul.”

In addition to information and free health services from MUSC, there will be information on how to live with and control diabetes, mammograms, flu shots, and cooking lessons.

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