Indiana Black Expo Health Fair focusing on all generations

Indiana Black Expo Health Fair focusing on all generations
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Good health for all generations is the theme of the Health Expo held at the Indiana Convention Center Thursday.

It's a massive health and wellness event organized by the Indiana State Health Department during Indiana Black Expo Summer Celebration.

Community Health Network is there along with many others offering screenings for blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood sugar. Those are the basics that can signal a bigger issue like heart disease or stroke or diabetes risk.

"If you know what the score of the Pacer game was or the Fever game was, we want you to know what your blood pressure is too and how you are feeling," said Antoinette Holt, director of the Indiana Office of Minority Health.

If you register, you'll get a "one-stop stick" for a blood draw. Then technicians will run several tests. If you have an abnormal reading, a public health nurse or someone from a different organization that is sponsoring one of the tests will help explain your numbers.

"We are primarily trying to reach ethnic racial minorities but everyone is welcome to come," said Holt.

You can get information about diet, weight loss, depression and addiction counseling. There is also vision, dental and lead testing for pregnant women and children up to age six.

The health fair runs through Sunday at the Indiana Convention Center Across from Hall D. It's open until 8:00 pm Thursday, 1:00 to 8:00 pm Friday, 10:00 am to 8:00 pm Saturday and noon to 6:00 pm Sunday. Up to 25,000 people are expected over the weekend. The health fair is free with a $10 Expo ticket, but there is no charge for the health fair Thursday night.