Mercy to offer reduced-cost Health Fair in Shell Knob

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Participants can receive screenings at reduced cost

For those who are at risk for having diabetes, heart disease or other chronic conditions, or just want to do some preventative care at a reduced cost, area residents can take advantage of a Health Fair Tuesday at the Central Crossing Senior Center in Shell Knob.

The focus and motto of the fair is, "It may be time to Know Your Numbers." Participants can expect to get free blood sugar (glucose strip testing) and albumin screenings, as well as tests for BMI, waist measurement, blood pressure and pulse oximetry, which helps detect heart problems. There will also be balance screenings using Biodex to identify fall risks.

Additionally, the following reduced-cost lab screenings will be offered:

* Comprehensive health panel (complete metabolic profile, lipid profile, complete blood count), $15

* PSA Test (prostate cancer screening), $10

* Hgb A1c (average blood glucose), $5

* EKG (heart screen), $10

* PFT (lung screen), $10

* TSH (thyroid test), $5

The health fair will take place from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the senior center, which is located at 20801 Hwy. YY-15 in Shell Knob. No registration is required. Participants will be screened on a first-come, first-served basis. Participants need to fast for 12 hours prior to having their blood drawn. Healthy refreshments will be provided.

The Health Fair is a partnership with Mercy, which began offering therapy services at the center in July.

The new Mercy addition is staffed two days a week by a physical therapist and volunteer, and includes a private room and exercise equipment for physical therapy, evaluations and treatment. In order to utilize the services, patients will first need to consult a doctor.

To learn more about the Health Fair, or services offered by Mercy at Central Crossing Senior Center, call 417-847-6085.

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