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Health Fair Coming Oct. 24-25

Set your appointment with senior services

The 2008 White Salmon Community Health Fair will be held on Oct. 24 and 25 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 27th year that a Health Fair has been held in White Salmon. Representatives from Skyline Hospital, Klickitat County Senior Services, the Department of Health 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, and balance testing. Colorectal Cancer screening kits are available for home testing.

We are excited to announce that the Health Department will be available this year to offer flu shots at the Health Fair for a nominal fee.

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.

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 $40 and must be paid by cash or check. Men can include a test for prostate specific antigen (PSA) for an additional $20. Twelve-hour fasting is required if you are having your blood drawn.

If you are interested in the blood chemistry screening, we would like you to make an appointment. Just call Jill from Senior Services at 493-3068 to schedule a time but drop-ins are also taken.

The Senior Services will be serving a hearty breakfast. A generous portion of biscuits, gravy, hotcakes and scrambled eggs are available for $5.

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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