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This Saturday from 9 a.m. until noon at Northgate Mall, locals can take advantage of a host of free medical services, including diabetic screenings, basal metabolic index (BMI) screenings, eye testing, blood pressure checks and more at Tullahoma’s first Community Health Fair and Fitness Expo.

Free blood pressure checks, diabetes screenings, vision testing and more will be provided by local health professionals from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at Northgate Mall as part of Tullahoma’s first Community Health Fair and Fitness Expo. Teresa Myers of Partners for Healing checks Tim Anderson’s blood pressure at Harvey’s Gym.— Staff Photos by Marian Galbraith

According to City of Tullahoma community coordinator, Winston Brooks, included in the expo will be fitness and nutrition tips, games for all ages and information on upcoming health programs, including free gym memberships, weight loss challenges and more.

“We have 26 booths so far, including Harton Regional Medical Center, the public health department and Partners for Healing,” Brooks said, “and there is a special kids corner, too, featuring Hula-Hooping, dancing and short relays.

“The first 50 students to visit will also get to play the newest games at the Northgate Mall Arcade for free.”

The event is part of Mayor Lane Curlee’s “Get Fit! Tullahoma” project and is sponsored in part by a grant from the Tennessee Department of Health.

“The results of the screenings will help give us a baseline to see how healthy we are as a community and what areas we need to improve in,” Curlee said.

“This event will also provide exposure and education about different dimensions of wellness and fitness opportunities in our community.”

Cynthia Howell gets an elliptical workout at Harvey’s Gym.

Another service offered at the event will be a pharmaceutical review.

“Bring your list of prescription and non-prescription meds or a bag with all your medicine bottles and take advantage of this free review,” Curlee said.

Various demonstrations will take place starting at 9:30 a.m. including a heart health walk, aerobics and cross-fit demonstrations, and a push-up challenge at 11:30 a.m. hosted by football coach John Olive between members of the football team and Tullahoma Fire Department.

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