Central Florida Health Expo Promotes Healthy Living

by James Coulter

More than a month has passed since the New Year started, and yet it’s never too late to get started on your New Year’s resolution, especially if it’s for your health.

Whether your New Year’s resolution is to lose weight, lower your cholesterol, or become more active through exercise, now is always a good time to get started improving your overall health.

Polk County residents seeking to better their health were able to find information on such healthy living during the Central Florida Health Expo last Saturday in Auburndale.

Hosted by the Central Florida Media Group within the International Market World Flea and Farmers Market, this annual event allowed attendees to view more than a dozen vendors promoting local healthcare services.

Winter Haven Hospital was one such service, as their representatives promoted the hospital’s Center for Behavioral Health and its mental health services including group counseling and psychiatric medication.

More than 100 people visited the booth during the event to inquire about the services, with many attendees learning about the center for the very first time, explained Claire Rice, Licensed Program Coordinator.

“We want to let people know that our services are here, and see if they have any questions about what we do,” she said. “We would hope that if we could help somebody, we most certainly would.”

For many vendors such as Jeff Russell, CEO of DNK Brands, the event allowed them the opportunity to spread awareness of their services to potential clients.

Russell promoted many home-use medical devices offered by his organization, including a medical device for treating erectile dysfunction, which he claimed had a 70 percent effectiveness rate.

While the event had a larger turnout in the morning than in the evening, any