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20th Annual Health, Wellness and Benefits Expo

Written by Elizabeth Kavanaghe

health expo vendor.JPGWillimantic, Conn. - Nearly 50 health agencies, vendors and benefits representatives will converge on the Eastern Connecticut State University campus on Oct. 16 to participate in the University's 20th Annual Health, Wellness and Benefits Expo. The program runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Betty R. Tipton, and will include demonstrations, performances and free health screenings throughout the day. The public is invited. Admission is free.

AETNA Student Health; Anthem Blue Cross & Blue Shield; CVS Caremark, Connecticut Department of Children and Families Foster Care Services; Hartford GYN Center, Juice Plus; Planned Parenthood; Eastern's Health Services; and the Willimantic Food Coop are just some of the health providers participating in the health expo. CVS Caremark will offer a free flu vaccination clinic for state employees, their dependents over age 18, and retirees, in Room 219 of the Student Center. A main attraction at the event will be a robotic surgical device called the "Da Vinci Surgical System", which will be on display at the expo for the first time.


health expo-da vinci surgical system.jpgThe health expo will provide free HIV, STD and HEP C testing; body fat analysis; healthy nutrition counseling; blood pressure and cholesterol screenings; foot measuring; massages; passport applications; and giveaways in the form of protein/fiber bars, grip strength, hand sanitizers and health and wellness materials to expo patrons.

For more information, contact LaShawn McBride, manager of human resource programs, at (860) 465-5220 or email; and/or Jane Neu, nurse practitioner in Health Services at (860) 465-5263 or email


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