Grace Health and Rehab of Greene County is partnering with the University of Virginia Health System to bring a community health expo to Stanardsville on May 4.

“This is a way to keep not only our residents healthy and education, but the community as well,” said Michelle Pitts, marketing director at Grace Health and Rehab.

The Community Health and Education Expo is unprecedented for UVA Health System in this area, though they have done them in Orange and Louisa counties, Pitts said.

This will be a free inside/outside event with the medical professionals inside and educational vendors and live entertainment outside (weather permitting). Pitts said if it rains everything will be moved indoors, so the show will go on no matter the weather.

There will be numerous on-site screenings available, as well as medical professionals to discuss the results. From UVA Health System there will be screenings of peripheral arteries, varicose veins and lungs.

“UVA has not disappointed us,” Pitts said.

The health system will also have a doctor there to discuss urological health and a registered dietitian.

There will be blood pressure and glucose screenings from RappU Healthcare Training out of Sperryville and hearing and vision screenings by the Greene County Lions Club members.

Postural screenings and wellness education from Culpeper Medical Center Rehab and Powell Wellness from Madison will also take place.

Pitts said participants will get a passport book to take to the health stations and return before leaving to be entered into raffle drawings.

“That way I can ensure everybody gets to the stations. It’s important to me that everyone get to all the health events,” she said. “But, the event won’t just focus on health and medical but also other organizations with information to educate the community on different things to be aware are available to them.”

Vendors include the Jefferson Area Board for Aging ( JABA), homehealth companies, hospice and more. Additionally, there will be Veterans Administration benefits specialist and DMV2Go.

For live entertainment, cloggers will perform from noon-1 p.m. and from 1-3 p.m. there will be a band.

Parking can be a challenge, Pitts said, so she’s working on a shuttle that will take people to and from the Greene County Library, at 222 Main St., Stanardsville. There is parking behind the library in front of Piedmont Virginia Community College, but the shuttle will pick up people in front of the library.

Pitts said she plans to make the health expo an annual event and that the health system will partner for future ones, as well.

“My goal is to keep the community healthy and educated,” she said. “The more community participation we have, the more things I can bring to them for educational, wellness and entertainment purposes. We’re so very excited.”

The Community Health and Education Expo will be on Saturday, May 4 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Grace Health and Rehab of Greene County, 355 William Mills Drive, Stanardsville. For more information, call (434) 985-4434.

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Editor, Greene County Record

Terry Beigie is the Editor of the Greene County Record in Stanardsville. She can be reached at tbeigie@greene-news.com or (434) 985-2315.

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