On Friday, Walker Baptist Medical Center will host its annual health fair at the Jasper Mall from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.
The health fair will give the community a chance to have free health screenings performed and gain useful information on health services in the area.
As in the past, members of the community can get free screenings for levels of cholesterol and blood sugar, body mass index (BMI), bone density and blood pressure. Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA) tests will not be available this year. Results from the screenings are usually available about 15 minutes after being conducted.
Renae McKinney, WBMC public relations director, said the cholesterol and blood sugar and bone density screenings are the most popular.
“Last year, we had about 350 blood sugar and cholesterol screenings and did around 400 or more bone density screenings,” she said.
Flu shots will be given for $25.
“We will have plenty of those available,” McKinney said.
McKinney said she is expecting to have about 45 vendor booths available to give out free information on health conditions, disease prevention and medical services.
“There will be a lot of home health and hospice agencies and nursing homes. It’s a good opportunity to get information about those services that are available in our area,” she said.
Several regulars like Med-South and Respiratory Associates will be participating along with new participants Manasco Chiropractic from Carbon Hill and Hendrix Health Care from Double Springs.
New physicians Ty Blackwell and Candice Terry will be available for consultations on screenings and other health information. Also, new ophthalmologist Dae Song will be giving free vision screenings.
Dr. Brian Cressman and representatives from the Walker Wellness Center will be giving BMI screenings and Dr. Carol Adams will be handing out health information.
Information will also be available on senior service programs like Senior Choices and Allegiance.
WBMC will have several booths set up giving out information on its services such as its Behavioral Medicine Unit (BMU) and Walker Breast Center.
“They’ll be giving out information on mammograms and depression and anxiety,” McKinney said.
She said the health fair is always a good link to keeping the community aware of health issues and hopes those capable of coming out will take advantage of these free services and information.
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