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Albertson's pharmacist George DuPreez offered blood pressure checks at the Healthy Bakersfield Expo in 2012. This year's event will offer free health screenings for blood pressure, blood sugar, total cholesterol and body mass index.

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Lupe Lerma, center, figures she has had enough of trying the exercise device, Twist-a-Mania, at the Healthy Bakersfield Expo in 2012. Representing Twist-a-Mania are Sylvia Walker, left, and Dawna Hudson.

From nose to toes, from ears to rears, the human body -- and how to keep it running -- will be the focus of the Healthy Bakersfield Expo, presented by Dignity Health Hospitals on Saturday.

More than 70 vendors representing a variety of health fields will be on hand at the event, which is free to the public. Several health screenings will be offered as well.

"It is well received by the public as it's a one-stop shop to find about all things healthy in Bakersfield," said Mira Patel, marketing director at The Californian, one of the sponsors of the event.

"It's also a great way to spend the day with your children, all while educating them on wellness activities."

Several activities are specifically geared to children, including a 12:30 p.m. stage show by Ronald McDonald, photo opportunities with Curious George, and the Condors and CSUB Runner mascots will mingle with the crowd. In addition, the Kern County Fire Department will display a fire engine and give tips on fire safety.

"IDance will be on hand throughout the event," Patel said. "Instructors will be available to teach your kids this great new interactive and fun exercise to get your children off the couch and moving."

For the grownups, representatives from a variety of health specialties will answer questions. Among the vendors are gyms, medical centers, health insurance companies, chiropractors, dentists, eye care experts, beauty professionals and medical colleges.

The event, now in its fourth year, drew 1,250 last year. The expo runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Rabobank Theater, 1001 Truxtun Ave.

Organizers note that some of the screenings being offered require that participants fast for at least two hours before the test.

The expo is sponsored by Dignity Health Hospitals, The Bakersfield Californian, Comprehensive Blood & Cancer Center, GemCare and B Well Magazine.