NBC4’s 11th Annual Health and Fitness Expo Brings Healthy Living to Washington D.C.
Guest Post by Sara Suchy
Last weekend I had the pleasure of attending the Annual NBC4 Health and Fitness Expo right here in lovely Washington D.C. In their 11th year of organizing and hosting this event, NBC4 certainly knows how to execute a fantastically diverse and informative expo with something for everyone.
The NBC4 Expo brought together health and fitness gurus, medical experts, nonprofits focused on healthy living, local gyms and chefs; all focused on one thing: helping the Washington DC Metro Area live a healthier and safer life. I spent most of my time camped out at the cooking demos where local chefs, such as Spike Mendelsohn on “Top Chef” fame, Eric Brannon of Ted’s Bulletin on Capitol Hill and Dr. Day of “Healthydaes Naturopathic Medical Center” taught the hungry crowd to cook truly delicious, shockingly healthy and impossibly easy dishes. I have already made Brannon’s Vegetable Minestrone soup twice since the weekend.
If it was health screenings you were after, the expo had you covered. The various sponsors and health clinics around the city offered free screenings for: diabetes, blood sugar, body mass Index, dental health, kidney cancer, glaucoma, hearing, flexibility, asthma, HIV and cholesterol to name just a few.
Were you wondering how the new health care laws would affect you and your coverage? Or maybe you want to know more about head injuries in childhood contact sports? What about school bullying or distracted driving? The expo had health forums on all of these topics and more, giving community members access to some of the leading minds in these fields giving real answers and solutions to some of today’s most pressing health topics.
Events like these are crucial to improving and maintaining the overall health of a community, especially among underserved and impoverished demographics. What good is a doctor if you have no affordable access to him or her? What good is a screening test when the most at-risk patients cannot easily obtain one? The health expo was an important step in bridging that gap between awareness and information, and the patients who need it most.