Health fair offerings are too good to miss

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By Jeff Moore

Local residents have the chance to learn more about their health and learn about ways to make their lifestyles healthier Saturday at the Carroll County Health and Safety Fair.

The National Guard Armory will be packed with more than 40 healthcare providers and organizations between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m., with most offering free services along with loads of information.

The numbers show that we Carroll Countians are not examples of good health. Figures compiled by the Carroll County Health Department show we’re above the national average when it comes to the prevalence of obesity, lack of physical activity and prevalence of diabetes.

Carroll County ranks third out of the 120 counties in Kentucky on the incidence of cancer. The only good news on this front is that we rank 37th in mortality, meaning while more people are diagnosed with invasive cancer, few are dying from it.

On top of this, we are above the state and national averages for prevalence of smoking among adults and children, in poor oral health (meaning adults who are missing six or more teeth), according to the Kentucky Institute of Medicine.

A data sheet from the University of Kentucky’s Cooperative Extension Service shows the diseases of the heart are the leading cause of death in Carroll County, followed by all cancers, cerebrovascular diseases such as strokes, chronic lower respiratory disease, unintentional injury and diabetes.

Saturday’s health and safety fair provides an opportunity for all of us to turn the tide on how we take care of ourselves.

Several free screenings will be available including blood pressure checks, bone density, body mass index, weight and height, diabetes, foot, spine and sleep disorders.

Other screenings are being offered at reduced prices.

There’s a $20 blood test to check for heart/cholesterol health, liver, kidney, thyroid function and diabetes.

Organizers at Carroll County Memorial Hospital have added a new advanced vascular screening at a reduced price of $105.

The screening will offer an advanced aorta ultrasound to check for aortic aneurisms, a carotid vascular ultrasound that checks for plaque building and narrowing of the arteries in the neck, CCMH Imaging Services Manager Jill Sachleben explained. It also includes a peripheral arterial disease screening that checks for blood flow and plaque build-up in the arms and legs, plus an EKG of the heart.

Sachleben said all off the screenings will be reviewed by specialists in cardiovascular and vascular health. The results will be sent to the patients and their family physicians, she said.

The vascular screening will take about 20 minutes, she said. Except for those who have diabetes, Sachleben said those being screened may not eat or drink on the day of the screening.

The hospital is offering the screening at $20 to $25 less than others offer similar services for the health fair. Appointments are required for the screening by calling Sachleben’s department at the hospital, (502) 732-3249.

Many other health services will be available during the health and safety fair. The list of services and information that’s available is quite extensive.

It includes these services from organizations and providers who will be at the health fair:

• Jefferson Community and Technical College, hand washing and giveaways;

• Kentucky Division for Air Quality, open burning, idle reduction and air quality;

• Campbellsburg Chiropractic, spinal screenings for kids and foot scanner;

• Big Brothers/Sisters of Carroll County, information on child mentors and videos;

• Dow Corning, cholesterol test and hearing protection;

• Mystyk River Retreat Center, health screening and demonstrations;

• Walmart, drawings, giveaways and promotions;

• Mark Smith State Farm Insurance, Wii Fitness, information on health insurance and giveaways;

• Interim Healthcare, blood pressure screening and door prizes;

• Carroll County Area Technology Center, blood pressure checks, weight and body mass index;

• CCMH Laboratory, cholesterol (lipid) screening;

• Ghent Fire Protection District, fire scene hazards and brush fire truck;

• American Red Cross, bloodmobile bus, 8 a.m. to noon;

• Green Valley Health and Rehab, services available, marketing and giveaways;

• Hospice of the Bluegrass, gift basket; • Dolly Parton Imagination Library sign ups;

• Webster Drugs, home health equipment and diabetic shoes;

• State Health Insurance Assistance Program, information, Medicare expense help and legal aid;

• 21st Century Lighthouse, babysitting Information;

• CCMH Senior Living Program, mental health screenings, brochures and education;

• Haven of Hope Pregnancy Services, information on pregnancy, abstinence and parenting;

• Kentucky State Police, traffic safety, child safety and information;

• CCMH Physical Therapy, posture screening, spine and alignment

• Carroll County Family Practice and Rural Health Center, giveaways, display with information and puppets;

• American Cancer Society;

• Three Rivers District Health Department Public Health Services, inflatable play center for children;

• Three Rivers District Health Department Home Health, information and environmental health services;

• Champions for a Drug Free Carroll Council, information on coalition to promote safe activities;

• New Horizons Assisted Living, information about senior community and services;

• Carroll County Emergency Medical Services and Ambulance Services;

• University of Kentucky Extension Office;                  

• Commonwealth Search and Rescue, information and the search and rescue dog;

• Kroger Pharmacy, blood pressure monitoring;

• Carrollton Chiropractic, spine model, body ball demo, handouts;

• Passport and KCHIP, information and applications; • Norton Healthcare, bone density screenings;

• Carrollton Police Department, information on child safety seats and gun safety;                                        

• McKendree University, obesity, children, health risk, giveaways, diabetes, pre-diabetes, prevention and recipes; and

• CCMH Occupation Medicine, hearing conservation at home and handouts.

You can even enjoy a hot dog, chips and a drink from the CCMH Relay for Life team’s fundraising booth during lunchtime.

Take a few minutes this Saturday to visit some of these booths at the health fair and take advantage of the free and reduced price services offered during the six-hour event.

It’s our chance to make a little headway in improving the overall health of our everyone in our county.