CORPUS CHRISTI, Tx — Thousands of people took time today to focus on their health and take advantage of free services.
It was all provided at the 53rd annual Nueces County Medical Society Health Fair.
"It just feels really good to give back to the community," Hileigh Shaw, Communications Director for the Nueces County Medical Society, says "and allow people to get the care that they need, that they might not have access to."
Many people in the community were taking advantage of the free school physicals, like local resident Archie Hooper and his five children.
"Everybody's getting taken care of, healthy, supplies wise, a couple treats, so it's a good program, we appreciate it." Hooper said.
The event took place at the American Bank Center complete with more than 120 booths providing free exams, immunizations, medical advice, demonstrations and freebies.
Nueces County Medical Society Alliance and Texas Medical Association teamed up to give out free bicycle helmets. Children were properly fitted for helmets by physicians, part of an initiative called Hard Hats for Little Heads.
The health fair included the latest and greatest in the health field. Nolan Pounds, Director of rehab for Post Acute Medical in Corpus Christi led a demonstration of a robotic exoskeleton that helps people walk.
"It makes a difference," Pounds says "just to stand up and walk a few steps and be able to look someone in the eye when you talk to them and not be in a wheel chair. It is an amazing thing to see."
Medical experts in Nueces County are working hard to ensure those in the community stay healthy and happy.