Austin Public Health will host an Urban Health Expo Saturday at Huston-Tillotson University. Photo courtesy Public Health

Austin Public Health will host an Urban Health Expo from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday at Huston-Tillotson University.

Sanya Richards-Ross, shown here at the 2012 Olympic Games, will participate in the Urban Health Expo. Photo by Ralph Barrera/Austin American-Statesman

The expo, which will feature fitness demonstrations, cooking classes, panel discussions and yoga, dance and more with celebrity athletes, doctors and trainers, is designed to address systemic helath challenges facing African Americans in Central Texas.

The event is free and open to the public. Huston-Tillotson University is located at 900 Chicon Street.

Four-time Olympic gold medalist Sanya Richards-Ross, former University of Texas football strength and conditioning coach Jeff “Mad Dog” Madden, and Dr. William Lawson, director of community health at Dell Medical School, will make appearances.

“The Urban Health Expo is an opportunity to begin and showcase our community that there’s an issue and we’re working together to close the gap on health disparities. Whether we’re talking about fitness, wellness or cooking, we as a community need to support each other. It gives me hope and aspiration that we can do that,” Shannon Jones, director of Austin Public Health, said in a pres release.

More than 500 people have registered to attend.

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