By 1812Blockhouse

As part of its work to bolster community health and awareness, Richland Public Health is hosting the first community health screening event of 2024, set for January 16 from 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM at 555 Lexington Ave, Mansfield. This is an important opportunity for residents to assess and learn about their health status.

Critical Health Screenings at No Cost

A highlight of the event is the array of free health screenings available. Participants can benefit from blood pressure readings, a crucial check for hypertension and hypotension. Hypertension, often termed the “silent killer,” is a primary risk factor for cardiovascular diseases. Early detection through such screenings is vital for effective management and treatment.

Equally important is the blood sugar check. With a recommendation for a 3-hour fast, this screening aims to detect hyperglycemia and hypoglycemia, conditions often linked with diabetes. As diabetes prevalence continues to rise, such screenings are more important than ever for early intervention.

Additionally, attendees can opt for an anemia check. This involves a simple fingerstick test to measure hemoglobin and hematocrit levels, indicators of anemia. Anemia, if left unchecked, can lead to numerous health complications, making this a valuable screening for attendees.

A Small Fee for a Lifesaving Test

While most screenings are free, there is a nominal $12.00 charge for cholesterol checks, payable via cash or check. Requiring a 9-12-hour fast, this test measures HDL, LDL, and triglycerides. Given the role of high cholesterol in cardiovascular diseases, this screening is a small investment with potentially significant health benefits.

Beyond Screenings: Education and Referrals

Richland Public Health isn’t stopping at screenings. They are also offering educational sessions and referrals. Participants will have the opportunity to engage with public health nurses, gaining insights into various health issues and learning about community resources tailored to their health and wellness needs.

Important Reminders for Attendees

While these screenings provide valuable health insights, it’s essential to remember that they are not diagnostic. Any abnormal results should be confirmed with a healthcare provider. For further queries, attendees can contact the Nursing Division at 419-774-4540.

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