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5th Annual Health and Wellness Expo Draws Crowds

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LAWTON, Okla._Getting healthy and in shape is a popular New Year's resolution and Wednesday there was an event where people could learn how to do just that.

It was the 5th Annual Lawton-Ft. Sill Health and Wellness Expo and health professionals from around the area were there to show and tell people what they had to offer in order to keep them healthy.

The biggest draw for people was getting $200 worth of blood work done for only $20 with the results being ready in just a week. People could get their height, weight, BMI, and even blood glucose levels checked.

"This is a good way to get an assessment and see what your base is and if this is your first year great, come back next year and see if you did any better because you're going to learn a lot through these vendors," said Chairman of the Health and Wellness Expo David Denham.

Chairman David Denham said every vendor illustrates what you need to do to stay healthy, like Oklahoma Heart Hospital. They were offering free EKG's and carotid dopplers to look at the blood flow to the brain.

"It's hugely important for people. That's usually the first sign of heart disease or cardiovascular disease when you're starting to get blockage," Said Dr. Christine Rattin of Oklahoma Heart Hospital.

One dentist specializing in treating sleep apnea said it's essential to your health to get a good night's sleep.

"A lot of people don't realize how important it is and how much it affects your work during the day, how much it affects everything in your day. If you don't get a good night's sleep you're seven times more likely to get in a car accident," said Dr. David Drummond.

Massage therapy is the number one preventative health care and massage therapists from Platt College were there offering chair massages.

"It helps boost your immune system, it helps boost your circulation, basically all the things that keep you well. And it eliminates stress," said Massage Therapy Instructor Shawn Lowe.

Most everyone that came today was there for the same reason.

"It's always a great opportunity to read and figure out where am I, how I'm doing and make sure I'm on track for being healthy," said Angela Haubrick, participant.

"I love being well and healthy and I just think it's so neat that the community would offer a wellness expo to us," said Joann Palesano, participant.

The driving force for this expo is to be able to say that our community has a healthy work force so that companies wanting to expand or relocate their business would want to come here.

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