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Two Agencies Provide Free Health Screenings to High Country Residents; Keep Your Health in Check May 28-29

Compiled by Madison V. Fisler

May 21, 2014. May 28-29, two different health events will be held in the High Country to help citizens keep track of their health. The events will include free health screenings, information booths, informational sessions and vouchers for additional medical services.

imgresNorth Carolina Farm Bureau’s Healthy Living for a Lifetime Initiative to Provide Free Health Screenings in Newland

The North Carolina Farm Bureau’s Healthy Living for a Lifetime initiative will provide free health screenings at Lowe’s Foods on Thursday, May 29 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Healthy Carolinians of Avery County, Toe River District Health Management, High Country Community Health and other organizations are working with the North Carolina Farm Bureau and the Avery County Farm Bureau on this exciting initiative.

The North Carolina Farm Bureau’s Healthy Living for a Lifetime Mobile Unit will be equipped for the following screenings:

  • Cholesterol
  • Blood glucose
  • Blood pressure
  • Body mass index
  • Lung function.

Fasting for 8 hours before the screening is recommended but not required there will also be organizations from throughout the community available to provide local resources to those attending the free health screenings.

This event is free and open to the public, and no appointment is necessary. For more information, call 919-706-4159.

Health Fair Held May 28 at Lois E. Harrill Senior Center

Wednesday is National Senior Health and Fitness Day. Come to the Senior Center to talk with representatives from local health agencies from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Appalachian Regional healthcare will be present and will have vouchers for blood work for sale. Screenings for the following will be offered:

  • Hearing
  • Vision
  • Weight
  • Blood pressure

At the fair, there will also be booths where guests can receive information about Hospice, home health care, adult care homes, Medicare and more.

For more information about this service, call 828-265-8090.