Darke County Health Fair set for Oct. 13


Staff report



GREENVILLE – The Darke County Health Fair Committee is excited to announce the upcoming “Step Up To Wellness”, Darke County Health Fair.

The 41st Annual Darke County Health Fair will be Tuesday, Oct. 13 in the Youth Building at Darke County Fairgrounds on State Route 49, Greenville, Ohio. Hours will be from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The 2015 Health Fair, open to people of all ages, will feature over 60 different displays and many free health screenings. Attendees are welcome to walk through an inflatable colon, play BINGO and have a chance to win Darke County Chamber Bucks and other door prizes!

Our main attraction will be a large inflatable “Walk-Thru” colon. It is 40 feet long, 25 feet wide and 17 feet high. Dr. John Dutro and Dr. David Ware will be available to discuss the importance of colon cancer screenings and answer questions. Participants will be encouraged to take an educational quiz after walking through the inflatable colon. Individuals who walk through the colon will also have the opportunity to win a basket of healthy goodies.

As always, the health fair will be offering several tests: Wellness Panel, $50; TSH, $35; PSA, $40; Vitamin D, $ 45; Flu Shots, $30; and Mammograms $184. Chair massages and reflexology will be available.

FREE health checks include blood pressure, diabetes screening, visual acuity, height and weight, abnormalities in urine, nutrition screening, hearing tests, spinal-postural analysis, chair massages, fall-risk assessments and bone density.

The Wellness Panel includes 14-chemistry tests checking a wide variety of systems (ex. Fasting glucose for diabetes, tests to screen for renal and liver disease, bone health, etc.) plus a Lipid Panel (to evaluate hyperlipidemia as an index to coronary artery disease.). Fasting is preferred, but not mandatory.

Vitamin D is available for testing this year. It is a test to screen for Vitamin D deficiency, a very common deficiency in the American population. Vitamin D plays an integral role in bone health and decreasing the risks for colorectal cancer, breast cancer and autoimmune diseases.

The Health Fair is again offering the Hemoglobin A1c and CBC (Complete Blood Count). The Hemoglobin A1c is a test to access glucose control in diabetics. A1c is frequently used in conjunction with glucose fasting to diagnose diabetes. The A1c is $30. Complete Blood Count (CBC or Hemogram) is a test to evaluate overall health and detect a wide range of hematologic disorders including anemia. This test includes White and Red Cell counts, Hemoglobin and Hematocrit and Platelet count. The CBC is $25.

Flu Shots will be available to anyone 6 months and older. The Health Department will accept most insurance plans including Anthem, Medical Mutual United Health Care, Medicaid, and Medicare Part B.

If paying cash, the cost is $30. The flu vaccine will be the Quadrivalent Vaccine. There are different types available this year. The quadrivalent flu vaccine provides improved coverage and is designed to protect against four different flu viruses; two influenza A viruses and two influenza B viruses.

For transportation, call 937-547-1811 (outside of Greenville give 24-hr notice).

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Staff report