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Idaho State University Health Fair 2014, March 20-21, features more than 60 health learning centers; walk-in blood draws available

Posted March 11, 2014

The Idaho State University Health Fair 2014, celebrating its 33rd year, is scheduled from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday and Friday, March 20-21, and will feature more than 60 learning centers on a variety of health issues and blood draws.

New this year, ISU heath groups will offer a variety of comprehensive health screenings and informational services. Examples of screening available include:

• Five College of Pharmacy screening centers offering a wide variety of services including Operation Diabetes, Operation Heart, and information about prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications and herbal and dietary supplements.
• Functional fitness testing by the ISU physical therapy department offering balance and fall-risk screening.
• Foot exams by the College of Nursing that includes the health promotion of proper foot care, clipping and massage.
• Nutritional counseling by dietetics faculty and students.
• Physical exams that include measurement of height, weight, waist circumference, percent body fat, blood pressure and oximetry by health education and promotion faculty and students.
• Mouth, head and neck screenings by dental hygiene.
• Hearing screenings by the communications sciences and disorders department.

Examples of other services offered at the fair include everything from body-fat screenings and tests of grip strength, to nervous system evaluations and home health and hospice information. For complete information on the fair, visit www.isu.edu/healthfair.

The annual free fair is sponsored by the ISU Division of Health Sciences and Portneuf Medical Center. It will be held in the ISU Pond Student Union Ballroom.

Portneuf Medical Center (PMC) will provide laboratory services and blood draws at the fair on March 20-21. Blood draws are also be available on a walk-in basis from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Sunday through March 30 at the PMC lab located at 777 Hospital Way with access to the lab through the main entrance. A 14-hour fast is required prior to a blood draw for the lipid profile and general chemistry profile.

Participants who had their blood drawn on or before March 15 can pick up their blood profile results at the ISU Health Fair where health care professionals will help interpret results. If you have your blood drawn after March 15 or at the Health Fair, your results will be mailed to you.

PMC offers a general health blood profile for $43. The screening includes a chemistry profile, assessments for cardiac risk based on cholesterol levels, a complete blood count and a thyroid screen. Other tests include a $22 confidential HIV screening and an $18 prostate antigen test. PMC is also offering a thyroid function screen for $16, iron level for $5, uric acid level for $5, A1c/Glycohemoglobin for $27; insulin level for $27; and vitamin D level, a test for osteoporosis, $18.

On the day of the Health Fair, during fair hours, attendees can park for free in the Pond Student Union parking lot.

For more information, contact Stephen Wright, wrigstep@isu.edu or (208) 282-2482, or visit http://www.isu.edu/healthfair.
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