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 Ascension nurse Belinda Kabodian checks the blood pressure of Karen Kemp, from Utica.

Ascension nurse Belinda Kabodian checks the blood pressure of Karen Kemp, from Utica.

File photo by Donna Agusti

Health expo ‘not just for elderly seniors’

By: Eric Czarnik | Sterling Heights Sentry | Published August 29, 2019


STERLING HEIGHTS — An annual tradition that brings senior health front and center is adding another year to its history in Sterling Heights.

The Sterling Heights Regional Chamber of Commerce will hold its 22nd annual Healthy Living Expo Sept. 12 at the Sterling Heights Senior Center.

Linda Colton, the chamber’s director of events and logistics, said the health expo also enjoys the participation of local hospitals and health systems, including McLaren Macomb; Henry Ford Macomb; Beaumont Hospital, Troy; and Ascension Macomb-Oakland.   

The hospitals will be represented among over 40 vendor booths that will screen people for balance, hearing, stroke risk and more. Other stations will adjust eyeglasses, offer chair massages, answer pharmaceutical questions, and offer information on properly caring for wounds or preventing injuries, according to organizers.

“They’re offering services with blood pressure. They wanted to bring back bone density testing, which we’ve done,” Colton said.

Some of the event’s other health and wellness topics could include proper eating habits, home care issues and what happens when it’s time to stop driving, Colton said.

Greg Jakub, the manager of community relations at Henry Ford Macomb Hospital, praised the collaboration between the city, the chamber and the health systems as a “really beneficial partnership.”

“It brings, free of charge, information resources to seniors that help them improve on their health and wellness,” he said.

For instance, visitors may sit in and attend one or two breakout educational seminars. At 10:30 a.m., Dr. Samer Kazziha, from Henry Ford Macomb, will talk about cardiovascular issues. At 11:30 a.m., Dr. Nikesh Ardeshna, from McLaren Macomb, will talk about epilepsy and seizure management.

Jakub talked about what Kazziha will share at the event.

“He is our chief of cardiovascular services,” Jakub said. “He’s going to speak on preventing heart disease. He is really a brilliant physician, but he brings the information and makes the information very understandable for seniors. He explains what heart disease is all about: the causes of it, the interventions we do, and how to prevent heart disease.”

Colton said many of the issues addressed at the expo should be relevant for a broad range of visitors, particularly those ages 60 and up.

“It’s not just (for) elderly seniors,” she said. “The younger seniors have new things that come up that draw them to this event.”

Among the other services, Colton said, professional shredding of unwanted medical documents for privacy concerns will be available. Two bags or boxes of documents may be accepted from each person attending, she said.

Also, the expo’s first 500 attendees will get healthy snack bags, and Colton said the event typically gets “well over” that turnout.

The Sterling Heights Regional Chamber of Commerce will hold its 22nd annual Healthy Living Expo 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Sept. 12 at the Sterling Heights Senior Center, 40200 Utica Road in Sterling Heights. Admission is free and open to all, though it is particularly encouraged for people 60 or older. Registration is not required. Find out more information by visiting or by calling (586) 731-5400.