ELIZABETH HIGGINS The Daily Mountain Eagle Published November 01, 2007 12:26 AM CDT
Walker Baptist Medical Center is expecting to have its largest health fair in over 10 years on Friday at Jasper Mall. Renae McKinney, director of public relations for WBMC, said she has over 50 booths reserved to do screenings and give out health information.
“This is the largest I can remember hosting,” she said. “Last year, I think we had 42 booths. There’s some people that have never participated before. It’s going to be real exciting.”
The health fair will begin at 10 a.m. and last until 5 p.m.
Available will be cholesterol screenings, which measure HDL levels in the blood; blood pressure, bone density, blood sugar screenings and O2 saturation, which determines how much oxygen is in the blood. Also, Perry Eye and Vision from Sumiton will perform vision screenings and WBMC’s lab will be screening for prostate cancer for a $10 fee.
Most all screening results will be available in no more than 15 minutes.
“All the screenings will have immediate results except for the prostate screening,” McKinney said. “They’ll draw blood, bring it back to the lab to process it, and the results will be mailed to you.”
McKinney said the most popular of these screenings have been the cholesterol and blood sugar screenings.
“We usually do around 300 of these each year,” she said. “In years past, we usually find some that have really high readings.”
There will be nurses and health professionals available to give patient consultations to anyone who has abnormal readings on any screening.
Another popular screening is the body composition screening, which determines body mass index (BMI) and how much excess body fat a person has.
“It’s very interesting to be able to monitor that yourself like that,” McKinney said. “I have one (BMI monitor) that you don’t have to stand on, you just hold it. It sends electrodes through your body. It takes into account your bone mass and fluids and then your body weight. Everything is supposed to weigh a certain percent. It shows you what your percentage of fat is.”
Also, flu shots will be available for $25.
For the first time, representatives from Medicaid and AllKids, which covers children up to 19 years old, will be helping people sign up for these insurance assistance programs.
“It will just help the uninsured in the area,” McKinney said. “We have such a large number of uninsured and so many people who do qualify.”
Those who want to sign up for this need to bring proof of income such as pay stubs or, if self-employed, bring income tax returns from the previous year. Also, bring birth certificates and social security cards for each person to be covered.
The Memorial Park Natatorium will have yoga and dancercise demonstrations, McKinney said, and officials from the Walker County Health Department will hand out information on breast cancer and cervical cancer screening programs.
There will also be several hospice organizations, nursing homes and assisted living facilities providing information. Some other participants this year include Respiratory Associates, Curves, Pulmonary Associates, Parenting Assistance Line, Southern Orthopedics, Jasper Pediatric Dentistry and Dr. Carol Adams, along with several other doctors from Walker Baptist Medical Center.
The information on the Carol Adams, M.D., P.C. web pages is provided for informational and educational purposes only. The information is not medical advice and should not be taken as medical advice, should not be used to diagnose or treat a health problem or disease, and is in no way meant to be a substitute for professional medical care. You should consult a qualified health care provider or schedule an appointment if you have a question about your particular medical condition or suspect you have a health condition or serious medical problem.