Apr 26, 2011

Annual Health Fair to Start Wednesday

In these tough economic times, some people are struggling to find funds to pay for medical tests that may help them stay healthier.

Baxter Regional Medical Center is addressing the problem with its annual Health Fair Wednesday and Thursday.

This is the 32nd year BRMC has hosted the free event -- this year at Baxter County Fairgrounds -- and thousands of area residents are expected to come through the doors seeking information and health-care advice.

Nearly 80 health care-related booths will offer free screenings, medical information and medical support group literature. Screenings are available to fairgoers who are older than 18.

BRMC employees will draw blood for the cholesterol and blood-sugar screenings, and the results will be mailed within a week. A 12-hour fast is recommended for the most accurate results, but is not required for the test, according to event organizers.

Fairgoers also can have their blood pressure tested as well as the prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test for prostate cancer.

Other screenings and information include diabetes, carpal tunnel, clinical nutrition, cardiopulmonary, heart team, cardiac rehab, inpatient rehabilitation, grip-strength assessment, stroke, cardiac risk, home health and hospice services, cancer, behavioral health and womenand#39;s health.

"The health fair is a way for Baxter Regional to encourage members of our community to make healthy choices in their daily lives," said BRMC marketing representative Donna K. McMullen. "So many illnesses, such as heart disease and diabetes, can be improved with lifestyle changes. We are hopeful -- through the one-on-one visits at the many different booths -- that our employees can convey an important message.

"Preventive health care is our commitment to you, the people of the Twin Lakes Area that we are proud to serve," McMullen said.

The Health Fair is open to people of all ages and will be held in conjunction with KTLO/KCTTand#39;s 20th annual Senior Citizens' Expo.

Hours are 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday and 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday. All BRMC screenings and consultations are free.

Baxter Regional Medical Center contributed to this report.

If you go ...

What: Baxter Regional Medical Centerand#39;s annual Health Fair and KTLO/KCTT annual Senior Citizens' Expo

When: 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday and 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday

Where: Baxter County Fairgrounds

Cost: Free

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