March Madness Health Expo Aims to “Score a Win” in Central Ohio

College of Nursing uses “madness of March” to promote healthy living among Central Ohio families

WHAT: The March Madness for Health and Wellness Expo is an annual event aimed at promoting healthy lifestyles and behaviors among urban area residents of the Near East Side neighborhood of Columbus. The event will feature free health exams performed by The Ohio State University Colleges of Nursing, Dentistry and Optometry, as well as educational information, cooking demonstrations, local celebrity appearances, free giveaways and more.

WHEN: Saturday, March 7, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

WHO: Hosted by The Ohio State University College of Nursing and Making a Difference, Inc. Special appearances by Brutus and the Ohio State Cheerleaders (12 – 1 p.m.).

WHY: According to Columbus Public Health statistics, African Americans residents of Franklin County, Ohio, are 2.6 times more likely to die from diabetes and hypertension, and stroke mortality rates are 2.7 times higher than that of white residents. The March Madness Health and Wellness Expo is part of a larger initiative called “Making a Difference: Health and Wellness One Street at a Time,” a joint effort between the Ohio State College of Nursing and Making a Difference, Inc. The program aims to address health disparities by providing health education and screenings to residents of the Mount Vernon community – a population most affected by chronic conditions such as hypertension, cardiovascular disease and depression.

WHERE: Eldon and Elsie Ward Family YMCA, 130 Woodland Ave., Columbus, OH 43203