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BY: Community Papers of WNY Staff | February 23, 2012

HAMBURG - The fifth annual Western New York Health Expo, sponsored by Metro Group, Inc. and the WNY Health Magazine, returned to the Hamburg Fairgrounds.

The show, which ran from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., offered those who attended a series of demonstrations and activities for people to enjoy.

The expo featured a number of seminars throughout the day, starting at 10:30 a.m. with representatives from Bryant and Stratton College discussing health-related programs and degrees. The same presentation was offered at 1:45 p.m.

At 11:15 a.m., Chef Binks held a seminar, while at 2:15 p.m., a seminar titled “Venture Forthe – Home and Community Based Waivers: Staying in Your Home” was an option for those in attendance.

There was also a variety of demonstrations, including a healthy cooking demonstration by Father Paul Seil from Daybreak TV Productions and the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo.

Other demonstrations included DanceAbility, a program designed for children and adults with special needs, at noon.

And at 1:30 p.m., former Buffalo Bills offensive lineman Joe Delamielleure, a member of the famous “Electric Company” line of the 1970s, demonstrated exercise bands for home use. He also was signing autographs during the expo.

Various booths had activities, including Catholic Health, offering screenings for cholesterol, diabetes and blood pressure.

Mobility Plus offered scooter test drives and diabetic shoe measuring.

For those looking to donate blood, the American Red Cross Bloodmobile was located inside the Event Center in the back right corner.

Those who are age 18-and-older could participate in “Spit for the Cure,” where staff from RPCI’s Data Bank and BioRepository (DBBR) were on hand collecting saliva samples. The DBBR stores the information for people both with and without cancer, providing researchers with data that could help identify risk factors and ultimately help determine why some people develop cancers, while others do not.

Children were able enjoy a visit from Sparky The Talking Dog, who offered fire prevention and safety guidelines courtesy of the Village of Hamburg Fire Department. There were ATV’s on display and representatives discussing the E.M.T. program.

There also was a Kids Corner, offering a bounce house and slides provided by American Amusement Rides, with donations helping Pioneer Christians Fellowship Men’s Group. There also was carnival games and animal balloons for children provided by DJ Dance Boogie.

The expo offered a number of door prizes and a grand prizes, with the grand prize being full decompression sessions and comprehensive exam valued at $1,200. Door prizes were donated by Blackburn’s Dove Medical, Lifetime Wellness Chiropractic Center, Mobility Plus, People, Inc., Gleason Family Chiropractic, Prima Oliva, Union Medical Pharmacy and WNY Muscle and Joint Performance, PLLC.

This year’s group of vendors came from a variety of areas related to health care, including cancer care, chiropractic care, community and county services, exercise and sports, financial and insurance, funeral and grief support, health and wellness, health care providers, health products, healthcare education, healthy eating, home improvements, media, and seniors and retirement.

Those that participated included: Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Gleason Family Chiropractic, Lifetime Wellness Chiropractic Center, Orchard Park Chiropractic, Inc., Universal Chiropractic, WNY Muscle and Joint Performance Chiropractic, PLLC, Deaf Adult Services, Erie County NY Connects/Senior Services, Hamburg Volunteer Fire Department, Town of Hamburg Department of Youth, Recreation and Senior Services, Dance Spectrum, Buffalo Athletic Club Southtowns, MVP Health Care, Catholic Cemeteries, Lakeside Memorial Funeral Home, Inc., Arise Within, Balance for Your Life LLC, Books are Fun, HCG Weight Loss/Natural Hormone Therapy, Balance Natural Health and Acupuncture, PLLC, Buffalo Spine and Sports Institute, Catholic Health, Gentle Dentistry of Lancaster, King’s Acupuncture and Wellness Center, Lakeshore Eye Care and Mobility Plus.

Others attending were: Quest Diagnostics, The Center for Hospice and Palliative Care, TLC Health Network Behavioral Health, Transit Imaging and MRI Associates, PC, UB Department of Psychiatry, Univera Healthcare, Value Vision, Venture Forthe, Western New York Immediate Care, WNY Chapter of the American Hollistic Nurses Association, Beltone Hearing Centers, Blackburn’s Dove Medical, HEALTHeLINK, Union Medical Pharmacy, Bryant and Stratton College, Chef Binks, Prima Oliva, Bathfitter, Braymiller Builders, Capital Heat, Inc., Cool Deals, Metro Group, Inc., WNED Think Bright and Well, NYS Epic Program, People, Inc., and Wellcare.

For more information about the WNY Heath Expo, visit www.wnyhealthshow.com.

For more information regarding our free, bi-monthly, WNY Health Magazine, visit www.wnyhealthmag.com.

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2012-02-27 | 09:31:06
Great Show!
This was an amazing show!!! We were very happy to be a part of it! I heard there was record attendance this year! wow! Good job to the staff at Metro! Best, Teresa Gentle Dentistry