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ISU-Meridian helps provide free physical exams, cholesterol screenings, flu shots at April 11 adult health screening in Garden City

Posted April 3, 2013

The American Heart Association says cardiovascular disease is the number one killer of women and a leading cause of death in men so it's important to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

You can learn more about heart disease and your risk factors at a free Community Health Screening for uninsured adults Thursday, April 11, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., at the Boys & Girls Club of Ada County, 610 E. 42nd St., in Garden City. 

It will be the 20th community health screening conducted by the Idaho State University-Meridian Health Science Center, Ada County, Central District Health, and the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare since March 2010.  Services are provided by ISU-Meridian student clinicians and faculty.

In addition to cholesterol, HIV and hepatitis C screenings, other services include:

●      Basic physical exams, blood pressure checks and medication reviews

●      Dental evaluations

●      Hearing, depression and alcohol screenings and questionnaires

●      Flu shots while supplies last

●      Mammogram referrals

●      Nutrition assessment and recommendations

●      Preventive health education 

"Because cardiovascular disease is one of the top killers of men and women in the United States, it's important to get your cholesterol checked to reduce your risk," said Dr. Glenda Carr, an Idaho State University-Meridian assistant clinical pharmacy professor and co-director of the health screening program. 

More than 600 adults have participated in the screenings since March 2010 with many being referred to low-cost clinics and doctors for further treatment. 

The full screening process takes approximately 90 minutes. No appointment is necessary. Valley Ride bus stops are nearby.  For more information, call 373-1700 or email healthyU@isu.edu.

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Media Contacts:  Jessica Donald, Communications Specialist, Ada County, 287-6998  

                          Chris Gabettas, Public Information Specialist, ISU-Meridian, 334-3131