2021 ‘Fit For Life, Health & Wellness Expo’ draws large crowds
SHREVEPORT, Louisiana (KTAL / KMSS) – The 2021 Fit For Life, Health & Wellness exhibit was held at the Shreveport Convention Center on Saturday, which aimed to promote fitness and health within the Shreveport / Bossier community.
The fifth annual exhibition, which was held in previous years in February or early March, was delayed this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. Last year’s event took place on February 29, less than a month before Governor John Bel Edwards locked the state in response to the high number of COVID-19 cases and deaths reported in Louisiana.
Throughout the year, orders were lifted in phases as COVID-19 cases and deaths began to decline, but it wasn’t until late May that Edwards lifted most of the remaining restrictions.
Saturday’s 2021 health and fitness exhibit was held less than a month after the restrictions were lifted, which may help explain why this year’s event has had the biggest crowds since it started. of the event.
Robert ‘Super-Mann Blount’, executive director of Fit For Life Ministries and one of the founders of Fit for Life Health and Wellness Expo, said Louisiana leads the country in cancer, stroke and heart disease, which is why he thinks The Expo is so important in educating people about what it means to be healthy and how to stay healthy.
While vendors and volunteers across Ark-La-Tex have provided information and resources to help people kick-start their post-pandemic wellness program and get back into shape through diet, to exercise and healthy habits.
Instant COVID-19 tests were available, while David Raines Community Health Centers David Raines administered the COVID-19 vaccines. The Life Share blood center accepted blood donations.
Eye Central was there with a machine that could determine eyeglass prescriptions and give out eye health information, as well as coupons to save on prescription eyeglasses, while Southern University’s dental hygiene program gave out dental health advice, as well as free toothbrushes and toothpaste.
The LPN and CNA program at SUSLA was also there to administer blood pressure tests and recommendations for lifestyle changes that can prevent diabetes, hypertension and stroke.
There was also the annual Governor’s Games Martial Arts Championship for different age groups and divisions, and Jat gaveoop We have eye-checking people, karate tournaments, as well as jazzercise classes.
“It’s just about moving. It’s not just for the health freaks, the fitness gurus. But it’s all about being active and healthy, ”said Marissa Diaz, KTAL / KMSS digital director and Jazzercise after-hours instructor.
“Being fit for life is not an option; it’s a necessity – you need to eat better, change your diet, exercise more, and you’ll get relief from most of the chronic diseases (that are) in your life, ”said Blount.
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