SEARHC offers free health checks in Craig, Hydaburg

Posted: Thursday, May 20, 2010

KLAWOCK - The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium's Health Promotion department is hosting free health screenings for adults 18 and older this month in Craig and Hydaburg.

The free health screenings will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, May 27, at the SEARHC Hydaburg Health Center, and from noon to 5 p.m. on Friday, May 28, at the Craig Community Association Office. Participants are encouraged to make 20-minute appointments for their health screenings, but they can be seen as walk-ins, though there may be a wait for walk-in patients.

The biometric health screenings involve a simple blood test that gives people their non-fasting blood glucose, total cholesterol, HDL cholesterol (good cholesterol) and blood pressure results.

Health professionals will be available to discuss screening results with patients. While the biometric health screenings don't replace an annual visit to a person's medical provider, the screening results can let people know if they are at risk for chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease or stroke.

For more information or to make an appointment for a health screening, contact SEARHC Community Wellness Advocate Rueben Chinana in Hydaburg at 285-3462 or SEARHC Community Wellness Advocate June May in Klawock/Craig at 755-4959.

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