Be Healthy at the Health & Fitness Expo

By: lydia.parkey ,
Category: Healthy Living

be-health-at-the-health-fitness-expo.jpgGet ready! It’s almost time for the St. Bernards Medical Group Health and Fitness Expo and it includes something for everyone. From cooking demonstrations in our Healthy Cooking Kitchen to physician panel discussions, from booths related to health and fitness and free health screenings, from a certified 5K, half-marathon to a kids 1 mile fun run ¬¬̶ it’s all geared toward improving overall health and fitness of people in the region. This physician led event also features Molly the Megabody Adventure, Healthy Treasure Hunt and much more in our Kid’s Zone.

On Saturday, April 16, and Sunday April 17, you can take advantage of free health screenings. Arkansas currently ranks 2nd in the nation in the number of strokes per capita, 4th in the nation in both heart disease and chronic lower respiratory disease, 3rd in kidney disease and 1st in influenza and pneumonia, besides that we have the dubious distinction of having the highest percentage of obese adults. The leading cause of death in both males and females in Arkansas is heart disease and it accounts for 23.8% of deaths.

We want Arkansas to be Healthy!
So, what are we doing about it? We are giving you, your families and friends the opportunity to begin a journey toward better health by taking advantage of free screenings that save you hundreds of dollars, learn about products and services that can make you healthier and talk one-on-one with some of our physicians.

FREE Health Screenings this year include:

  • Blood Lipid Panel (Height, Weight, Blood pressure, BMI, Glucose, Anemia, Cholesterol Breakdown
  • Carotid Artery Screenings
  • COPD Screenings
  • Mammograms
  • Tetanus Shots
  • Dental Screenings
  • Vision Screenings
  • NEW: Hearing Screenings
  • NEW: A1C Screenings for Diabetics
  • NEW: Thyroid Screenings
  • NEW: Ankle Brachial Screenings
  • NEW: Kidney Function Screening

St. Bernards Sports Medicine will again provide this year’s pre-participation evaluations for all student athletes in Craighead County (Grades 7-12), thanks to help from our physician volunteers. The exams will include height, weight, blood pressure, general medical, musculoskeletal, EKG (for 9th – 12th Grade), cholesterol, glucose and sickle cell anemia screenings. Get registered for your Pre-Participation Evaluation today at: SportsWare Online

Don’t forget to register for the certified Doc Rock & Run 5K and Half-Marathon. All proceeds benefit the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at St. Bernards, the only Level III NICU in Eastern Arkansas caring for premature infants as young as 28 weeks. You can make a big difference in a little life by running in the half- marathon or 5K race on Saturday. Don’t forget to sign the children up for our Kids Rock 1 Mile Fun Run. You can register them today at:

The Health and Fitness Expo is a time for people to think about their health and find ways to improve their health. All of these screenings, educational opportunities and booths are free of charge to the community thanks to members of St. Bernards Medical Group and our exceptional sponsors. For more information about Expo events or volunteer opportunities, visit

Lydia Parkey
Executive Director of St. Bernards Medical Group