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February 19th event offers free health screenings, fitness classes and health-related demonstrations to help combat the county’s number one killer: heart disease.
LARGO, MD – Heart disease continues to be the leading cause of death in Prince George’s County and the nation; one in four deaths are the result of heart disease. As part of national American Heart Month commemorations in February, the Prince George’s County Health Department is co-sponsoring the “Health Matters” health and wellness expo on Wednesday, February 19 at the Kentland Community Center, 2413 Pinebrook Avenue, Landover, MD 20785.
“Improving residents’ access to quality health care services is one of my administration’s top priorities,” said Prince George’s County Executive Angela Alsobrooks. “The county and its dedicated community partners are here to help you take charge of your health and raise awareness about preventing heart disease.”
The Health Department is co-hosting the expo with the Prince George’s County Department of Parks and Recreation and WUSA9. The expo brings together local and regional health and medical experts to offer the community a one-stop shop of free health screenings, including those for blood pressure, BMI, glucose, cholesterol, dental, as well as a variety of fitness classes (Zumba, yoga, kickboxing) and health-related demonstrations (CPR, healthy cooking) and more.
Fitness classes begin at 6:15 a.m. and run throughout the day. The morning health screenings session is from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and the afternoon health screenings session is from 2:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. There will be demonstrations and activities until 8:30 p.m. Here is the full schedule of activities and screenings.
“Roughly 1,500 Prince Georgians die of heart disease every year,” said Prince George’s County Deputy Chief Administrative Officer for Health, Human Services and Education Dr. George L. Askew. “It’s critical that we inform the community that heart disease is preventable. Healthier lifestyle choices, such as maintaining a healthy weight and increasing physical activity, can prolong or save lives.”
View the latest statistics about heart disease in Prince George’s County.
New to attendees at the expo this year is the opportunity to have one-on-one discussions with a doctor, pharmacist, nutritionist or therapist to gain additional health insight.
We encourage residents to register for the event and choose the health screenings, fitness classes or demonstrations they would like to attend.