Ardmore Chamber hosts 5th annual Health and Fitness Expo

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ARDMORE, OK - For the fifth year in a row the Ardmore Chamber of Commerce hosted the annual Health and Fitness Expo on Saturday.

"It's a great opportunity for everyone to kind of catch the enthusiasm to refocus on health and wellness," said chamber president Mita Bates.

18 organizations set up at the Ardmore Convention Center to educate the community about healthy living including subjects like eating, exercise and overall wellness.

Because Oklahoma was ranked 44 in the nation for overall health last year, Bates said the information is vital.

"We feel like the health and well being of our citizens is a critical component to the future of our communities," she said. "We need to have healthy, engaged, active individuals."

Teresa Myers is the interim executive director of the Good Shepherd Community Clinic and is also trying to educate the public about healthy lifestyles.

"In Oklahoma we tend to not to be real healthy so it's important to make good choices exercise-wise and nutrition-wise," Myers said.

Participants included organizations providing home health, weight management and general healthcare.

Bates said they all work together to create a healthier Ardmore.

"This offers everyone in our community to come out and get some really, really valuable information," Bates said.