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CarolinaEast to Host Wellness Expo

CarolinaEast Health System

In observance of National Hospital Week and National Nurses Week during the second week of May, CarolinaEast Health System is hosting a Wellness Expo at the New Bern Mall on Thursday, May 10 from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. This free event is open to the public and will offer attendees the opportunity to learn more about their health and wellness through screenings and other educational information shared by the professionals from CarolinaEast.

This day-long event will offer informative materials, hands-on learning opportunities and one-on-one interaction with clinical staff from CarolinaEast Medical Center and CarolinaEast Physicians’ practices. Planned offerings include screenings such as diabetes risk assessments, blood pressure and blood sugar checks, fall risk assessments for seniors, pulmonary function tests, EKGs, gun and water safety programs, information about a variety of leading edge diagnostic capabilities and a walk-through of what to expect before, during and after surgery, just to name a few of the planned exhibits. “The event will offer the public a chance to get valuable information about their health, the healthcare available to them here in coastal Carolina, and to interact with our staff. The screenings and take-home information will show participants if they are at risk for certain health conditions and what preventative care measures they can work into their day-to-day to minimize those risks,” says Kelsey Atkins, public relations specialist for CarolinaEast Health System.

Throughout the day, guests will also be able to earn the chance to win various door prizes and enter drawings for raffle items offered by CarolinaEast Health System and individual departments. “So far we have lots of great prizes including a Kindle e-reader, a bicycle, Fight like a Girl breast cancer awareness gift baskets, golf outings and several others,” says Atkins. Door prizes will not require any purchase to enter. Entry into that drawing will be earned by visiting certain areas of the Expo and taking part in the hands-on learning and screenings offered. “People can enter the door prize drawing just by actively taking part in the event. They will receive an entry form when they arrive. To qualify for the drawing, they will simply need to visit a certain number of exhibits and participate in the screenings or activities presented there.

Staff will mark the participant’s card and once it is complete, they will turn it in at the to be eligible for the drawing,” Atkins explained. The raffle prizes are provided and facilitated by individual departments. These will require attendees to purchase tickets to enter. All proceeds raised from raffle ticket sales will go to local non-profits including the CarolinaEast Foundation and to nursing scholarships at Craven Community College.

“We hope that lots of people in Craven, Jones and Pamlico counties will come see us on May 10 and take advantage of this opportunity. It will be a fun day while also giving everyone the chance to learn a thing or two about leading a healthy lifestyle,” Atkins added.

For more information about this event and updates about what will be offered, visit www.carolinaeasthealth.com/events or call (252) 633-8154.

Information and screenings provided at this event are for educational purposes only and are not intended to replace appropriate medical care. If you have any questions about your personal health, please consult with your physician.

Submitted by and Contact: Megan McGarvey, Director, Public Relations, CarolinaEast Health System, 2000 Neuse Blvd. New Bern, 252-633-8154