TMH Living Well: TMH Health Fair scheduled for next Saturday
April 18, 2014
Have you been putting off getting important health screens? Do you want to adopt healthy lifestyle habits but are unsure of where to start? Come to the second annual community health fair from 7:30 a.m. to noon April 26 at The Memorial Hospital and get both done at once!
The fair will be chock-full of healthy living ideas, including tips about how to start an exercise program, heart-healthy eating and wellness habits that stave off disease. All participants will receive information about health and wellness. If you can dig up the save-the-date postcard that was mailed in March, turn it in at the information booth for a free freezable sandwich container.
Getting health screens and regular lab check-ups provide excellent baselines for good health. A basic blood chemistry screen measures kidney, liver and thyroid function, as well as glucose, cholesterol, triglycerides and iron levels. This important test also gives you an overview of your nutritional status. A blood cell count test measures white, red and platelets in your blood and screens for abnormalities related to infections, some cancers, anemia, polycytheia, bleeding and clotting disorders.
Offered lab services include a basic blood chemistry ($25), blood cell count ($10), vitamin D screening ($40) and hemoglobin A1C screening ($20) and a PSA (prostate-specific antigen) screening for men 50 and older ($10). These tests are given at a discount to make getting and staying healthy as affordable as possible. Costs for all services are the same low price as last year.
Curious about how much fat makes up your body compared to muscle and bones? The radiology department is offering vouchers for discounted body composition scans ($40) that tell your body mass index, total body bone density and total body fat mass ratio.
For convenience, a senior blood draw will take place at Sunset Meadows II, 595 Ledford St., from 7 to 10 a.m. Thursday. The same labs will be offered at the same prices.
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Other departments and community groups will have educational booths about how to get and stay healthy, including Progressive Insurance, Grand Futures Prevention Coalition, Angels in Your Cupboard and more.
Did you know Moffat County has a teen council? In January 2014, the Grand Futures Prevention Coalition helped create the council to provide a voice to teens within the community. You'll learn about this and much more when it comes to supporting teens in making healthy, positive lifestyle choices as an alternative to substances at the Grand Futures booth at the health fair.
"Grand Futures will be passing out alcohol, tobacco and other drugs brochures, bracelets, key chains and other fun things to remind teens of the health risks of partaking," recent Moffat County Director Desirae Pearcey said.
Are you a senior and need help moving? Maybe junk is piling up and you could use assistance with downsizing or reducing clutter? If so, check out the Angels in Your Cupboard booth at the TMH health fair — a senior move management and professional organizing service.
"I help seniors and others organize and downsize their current home, as well as helping people pack, move and unpack. Stop by my booth and sign up for a one-hour complementary assessment of your project," owner Kelly Nottingham said.
Do something good for yourself and head on out to the TMH community health fair next Saturday.
This weekly article with tips on living well is sponsored by The Memorial Hospital at Craig — improving the quality of life for the communities we serve through patient-centered health care and service excellence.