"Let's Get Serious" Health Expo Promotes Fun and Healthy Lifestyles for Families by Tiona Blyden, Blyden Multimedia & Consulting, LLC
(BALTIMORE - May 17, 2012) - Parking near John Hopkins University was very scarce on Saturday, April 21st for the 2nd Annual Let’s Get Serious Health and Wellness Expo. More than 100 people were in attendance at this family event held at the Inn at the Colonnade in Baltimore. Music, games, food, entertainment and fitness education for all ages was available.
Directly across from the entrance, Susan G. Komen Foundation representative, Terry Romine providing shocking statistics about breast cancer. “White women have a higher percentage of breast cancer diagnosis, but African American women have a higher mortality rate,” Romine said, fumbling through educational pamphlets. “Therefore, women should begin getting exams as early as age 19.”
A few tables down was Hollywood’s best-kept secret, Coco’s Body Wrap, and it was a major hit. Although the expo only lasted four hours, women lost nearly 4 inches on site. “I feel my stomach tingling,” Latonya Redditt said to Courtney Flowers after applying the 45-minute wrap. Redditt headed over to the fitness area for Zuumba class while waiting for her stomach to trim down.
The "Let’s Get Serious" Health Expo vendors offered a variety of products and services including blood pressure screenings, massages, aromatherapy, and even an obstacle course for children.
“Living a Healthy lifestyle is a family effort; we're able to hold one another accountable when it's done together,” said expo director Chere Colefield. “Children imitate and emulate their parents, so we must set a proper example for them. If we don’t teach them healthy lifestyles, they will not know how to live a healthy life and teach their families.”
Cofield, who recently lost her father to a heart attack, puts on this event each year in his honor. “My dad passed away 2 years ago at the age of 59 from a heart attack in his sleep," she said. He added, "It affected our entire family. He was so young and to my knowledge didn’t have any prior health issues. Something was missing. Maybe he had signs and symptoms but didn’t know they were warning signs.”