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Wellness takes floor at first Health Expo

“Patient” Dominique Carasco demonstrates the blood glucose and blood pressure screenings occurring Saturday as part of the first annual Health Expo coordinated by the Chaves County Health Council and held at the Roswell Convention & Civic Center. Maria Nima of La Casa Student Services at Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell, left, and Rita Carabajal of La Casa Pediatrics administer the diagnostics. (Lisa Dunlap Photo)

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Somewhere around a thousand people received health tests, health and wellness information, and school supplies by attending the area’s first annual Health Expo Saturday at the Roswell Convention & Civic Center.

Coordinated by the Chaves County Health Council, which receives funding from the New Mexico Department of Health, the event had 26 sponsors that contributed $17,800 to pay for the venue, giveaways and supplies.

A 5K run organized by La Casa Family Health Center had about 70 to 80 participants. Proceeds will be used by the organization for its holiday food baskets for those in need.

About 130 businesses and organizations signed on as exhibitors, including medical, dental and health providers; insurance and financial groups; state aging, health and rehabilitation agencies; alternative medicine and treatment advocates; physical fitness and mental health groups; and, at the Kids’ Korner near De Bremond Stadium, the Roswell Fire Department, the Chaves County Sheriff’s Office and the Southwest Dairy Farmers with its mobile classroom.

Community volunteer Jeneva Martinez, the key organizer of the Health Expo, said that she thought the event was a success.

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“That we were able to bring in so many community vendors and then see the community show up for it has been just amazing.”

The event included free or low-cost mammograms and blood pressure, blood glucose, dental, vision and hearing screenings; a blood drive; free school supplies for children; prizes and drawings, including for bicycles and helmets; free food; and information from and demonstrations by exhibitors.

Martinez began working on the event in February with members of the Health Council, which meets monthly. About 20 members eventually joined the planning committee to create an expo that not only distributed information but also provided on-site services.

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