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Health Fair, Diabetes Fair Will Offer Healthy Living Tips, Screenings

On Saturday February 25th, Skaggs Regional Medical Center in Branson will present its annual Health Fair, offering health screenings and educational presentations. KSMU’S Samuel Crowe reports.

For over 15 years, the Health Fair has served senior citizens, low income individuals and those who don’t want to make an appointment to see a physician. Michelle Leroux of Skaggs says the health fair isn’t just about annual checkups; these screenings help save lives. She shares one story about a man last year who went in for a simple blood pressure screening.

“Based on his high blood pressure and some of the symptoms he was sharing with the individuals at the booth, they were able to identify that we was at risk of having a stroke within any day. He credits catching that at the health fair saving his life,” Leroux said.

Leroux says high blood pressure and cholesterol are silent killers; many individuals go about their daily lives not knowing they are at immediate risk for stroke, heart disease and heart attacks. Another silent killer, says Leroux: skin cancer.

“Last year, our skin cancer screenings were extremely successful. We had about a hundred people screened, and ten percent of those individuals screened, we discovered some type of skin cancer,” Leroux said.

Registration for mammograms, complete lipid panels, prostate, and A1c—a blood test for diabetics—begins February 1st. Space for these screenings is limited, and Leroux says they fill up quickly.

Additional screenings that do not require registration include body fat, blood sugar, and breast and foot examinations.

Free presentations will also be offered during the fair. Topics include medical preparedness for natural disasters and eating healthy on a budget.

The fair will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on February 25th, in the Skaggs Outpatient Center on the Branson Landing. For KSMU News, I’m Samuel Crowe.

More information regarding the health fair can be found at www.skaggs.net/healthfair. In addition, Mercy will be holding a Diabetes fair at Battlefield Mall in Springfield on Saturday, January 28th. More information can be found at www.mercy.net.