DETROIT (WWJ) – It’s an event that has saved people’s lives. The fifth annual Wayne County Health Expo was held Wednesday at Cobo Center’ Riverview Ballroom, where residents had screenings and signed up for programs for free or affordable health services.
For many attendees, Health & Human Services Director Edith Killins says this is their annual physical. “In Wayne County alone, there are 400,000 uninsured individuals,” she said.
In some cases, attendees diagnosed with life-threatening conditions were sent immediately to the hospital, she added.
Annie McAfee among those who came to get health screenings.”It’s helping me get free medical… and I haven’t had it in a while,” she said.
Among the featured speakers was Ron Morelli of South Lyon, a past contestant from the reality weight loss series, “The Biggest Loser” offering his insight. “Regardless of where you are, whatever your physical challenges, you can still go out there and do something. All you have to do is move,” Morelli said.
Even after losing nearly 300 pounds, he told WWJ’s Ron Dewey he could still lose another 35 to 40.
“You don’t have eight hours to exercise like on the show, so once you wrap around your head you won’t see the ‘biggest loser’ numbers and you don’t exercise the same way, it makes it easier,” he said.
Morelli says it’s tough getting the time to exercise, but he prepares all of his food ahead of time at home so he will not tempted by the drive-thru.
Killins said 33 percent of Wayne County residents are considered obese. “We’re seeing more babies being diagnosed with diabetes than ever before,” Killins said.
The expo continues until 5 p.m. Wednesday.