Free health expo offers seminars, information

By Barbara Cowan

The 11th annual Health-O-Rama Health and Wellness Expo will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday at the Logan Valley Mall and will include seven featured seminars, experts from 32 area health and wellness business and services and a family cook off.

The event is free.

“It’s our way of providing face-to-face information to the general public,” Dr. George Zlupko of the Lung Disease Center of Central Pennsylvania said.

The show is sponsored by LDCCP and presented by the Altoona Mirror.

“Health-O-Rama is designed to inspire and encourage health-conscious consumers to embrace a life of health, wellness and fitness through awareness of natural and alternative solutions, education and lifelong benefits of living a healthy lifestyle,” saidAmy Hanna-Eckenrode, audience development and circulation sales manager at the Mirror.

“This show has become one of the Altoona Mirror’s most successful, established expos.?It consistently attracts an estimated 1,200 residents of Blair and several surrounding counties, between the ages of 30-75,” she said.

The show offers health-related products and topics, as well as health-related businesses and organizations,” she added.

One of the events is a Zlupko family cook off, pitting father against son.

“My son Michael and I both are accomplished cooks,” Zlupko said. “We will bring some of the tricks of the trade to the cook off – tasty and attractive recipes.”

And they will share those “fresh and bright and flavorful” foods, he said.

But the day will begin with a walk to raise awareness of lung disease and funds for the Lung Disease Foundation of Central Pennsylvania.

The Beacon of Light on Lung Cancer walk is sponsored by Select Specialty Hospital.

“It is designed as the kick-off event for our Health-O-Rama to encourage people to come out and walk for a healthier lifestyle while raising awareness for the Lung Disease Foundation of Central PA,” Hanna-Eckenrode said.

“This foundation, founded by (Zlupko), raises funds to help educate patients as well as help those in need with treatment and medical expenses provided by LDCCP. Select Specialty specializes in caring for patients with many of the same chronic conditions and felt this was a great way for them to partner with the Mirror and LDCCP to raise awareness as well as educate people as to what services they offer,” she added.

All money raised goes to the foundation.

Zlupko said the walk is a way to make the public aware that “lung disease is a significant problem in America and certainly in Altoona.”

The seminars, held in front of J.C. Penney, are:

n 10 a.m. – “Do you have a good physical acativity plan” by Dr. George M. Zlupko

n 10:30 a.m. – “Myths Relating to COPD” by Dr. Michael Zlupko

n 11 a.m. – “Things you should know about asthma” by Dr. Timothy Lucas

n 11:30 a.m. – “Sleep apnea treatment alternatives” by Dr. Alan Kanouff

n Noon – Blair Senior Services Inc. Apprise: Health Insurance Assistance Program

n 1 p.m. – Zlupko vs. Zlupko cookoff between Dr. George Zlupko and Dr. Michael Zlupko

n 1:30 p.m. – “Chronically Critically Ill Patients” by Kelly L. Blake of Select Specialty Hospital; and Blair Senior Services Inc. “Exercise Yourself Young” at the Blair Senior Services Area

Mirror Staff Writer Barbara Cowan is at 946-7454.