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'Back to Basics' is theme of this year's health fair

Screenings, free information available during annual event on oct. 18 and 19.

The 2002 White Salmon Community Health & Wellness Fair will be held on Oct. 18 and 19 at the Park Center.

Participants will see a few changes this year. Screenings will begin one hour earlier, with doors opening at 7 a.m. each day. The Health Fair will run until 11 each day.

This will be the 21st year that a Community Health & Wellness Fair has been held in White Salmon. Representatives from Skyline Hospital, Klickitat County Senior Services, the Skyline Foundation, White Salmon Health Department, and a host of volunteers organize the fair. The City of White Salmon generously donates the use of the Park Center for this event.

Skyline Hospital representative Joan Uphoff announced that the Health Fair will be concentrating on basic health screenings this year.

"The high rate of unemployment in Klickitat County, high cost insurance premiums and increased healthcare costs are concerns for a large group of our community members," she said. "The Health Fair provides a low cost way for participants to have their general health assessed. We encourage people to complete the entire screening this year, and have made efforts to streamline the process so this can be accomplished in a short amount of time."

There is no charge for admission to the Health Fair. Free screenings include blood pressure, height and weight, body fat density, lung capacity, hearing and vision. Colorectal Cancer screening kits are available for home testing. The local LifeLine coordinator will be on hand to answer questions regarding home monitoring services.

Skyline Radiology Department personnel will be there to discuss the new Bone Density Scan tests now available at the hospital. Osteoporosis and mammography information is free of charge and appointments can be made for mammograms. For those who do not have insurance coverage, discount coupons will be available for mammograms.

For a nominal fee, participants may have blood drawn for a complete blood chemistry screen that includes cholesterol panels, liver tests, kidney function tests, and thyroid check. The basic blood screening is $34 and must be paid by cash or check. Men can include a test for prostate specific antigen (PSA) for an additional $18.

The Cardiac CRP test is a new screening that can be used to indicate heart attack risk. This test costs $18.

Twelve-hour fasting is required if you are having your blood drawn.

Skyline Hospital sends a copy of these screenings to the participants and keeps a record on file for three years. A copy can also be sent to the participant's family physician upon request.

As in the past, the health department will be on hand for flu vaccinations at a fee of $15. Pneumonia ($17) and Tetanus ($15) shots are also available. The Health Department can take Medicare and Medicaid Coupons for payment.

The Book Fair returns, offering cookbooks, books on health and children's books for purchase.

Senior Services prepares a great biscuits & gravy breakfast each day as part of their fund-raising efforts.

The Health Fair is not designed to take the place of an ongoing relationship with your family physician, but assists this relationship by providing early detection, prevention and education at little or no cost. From the screenings, participants with diabetes, prostate cancer, hypertension and leukemia have been identified in the past.

Call Klickitat County Senior Services, 493-3068, to set up your pre-registration.

Anyone interested in volunteering to help out can contact Dorothy Van Deventer at 493-2767.


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