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In 25th Year, Heath Fair Slated For Oct. 27, 28

Keeping people healthy

The 2006 White Salmon Community Health Fair will be held on Oct. 27 and 28 at the White Salmon Pioneer Center.

The health fair will run from 7 to 11 a.m. each day.

Keeping people healthy by providing quality health care close to home is the primary goal of Skyline Hospital. More than 300 people are expected to attend to receive the low cost or no cost health screenings.

This will be the 25th year that a Community Health Fair has been held in White Salmon. Representatives from Skyline Hospital, Klickitat County Senior Services, and a host of volunteers organize the fair.

The health fair provides a low cost way for participants to have their general health assessed and there is no charge for admission.

Free screenings include blood pressure, height and weight, lung capacity test and balance testing. Colorectal Cancer screening kits are available for home testing.

One important change from the past is that the health department will not be available to offer the flu shots at the health fair. It will offer a flu shot clinic on Nov. 2 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Pioneer Center.

Osteoporosis, mammography and bone density information is free of charge at the Health Fair and appointments can be made for mammograms. For those who do not have insurance coverage, discount coupons will be available for mammograms.

Skyline's Diabetic educator, Becky Petty, will be offering educational information to the public about diabetes. The diabetic A1C test will be available through Skyline Hospital.

For a nominal fee, participants may have blood drawn for testing that includes a complete blood chemistry screen, a lipid panel (cholesterol, triglycerides, HDL, coronary risk), a comprehensive metabolic panel, and a thyroid check (TSH).

This blood screening is $38 and must be paid by cash or check. Men can include a test for prostate specific antigen (PSA) for an additional $20. A 12-hour fasting is required if you are having your blood drawn.

Persons interested in the blood chemistry screening need to make an appointment. Call Jill at Senior Services, 493-3068, to schedule a time. Drop-ins will also be taken.

Senior Services will be serving a great breakfast for a small fee.

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.

Skyline Hospital sends a copy of these screenings to the participants and a copy will also be sent to the participant's family physician.

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