CHOICES offering health screenings, assessing risks


Published: Thursday, September 1, 2011 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, August 31, 2011 at 1:10 p.m.

Would you like to know your risks for developing a chronic condition such as diabetes, cancer or heart disease?

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HEALTH SCREENINGS

What: “Screen 4 Life” sponsored by CHOICES Health Education and Wellness program.

When: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday.

Where: Alachua County Health Department, 224 SE 24th St.

Cost: Free.

Information: Call 352-334-8889.

At the "Screen 4 Life" community event sponsored by the CHOICES Health Education and Wellness program, you can get free health screenings to determine your health outlook and a one-on-one consultation with a health counselor to discuss your health risks and how to prevent them.

The event will be held from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday at the Alachua County Health Department, 224 SE 24th St. CHOICES is a health service offered to the working uninsured. However, the health and wellness component of the program is available to anyone.

Heidi Hofer, administrative assistant at CHOICES, said health screenings available at the event will include cholesterol, glucose, blood pressure, body mass index, bone density, vision and hearing. Posture and health risks assessments also will be available.

Hofer said health counselors will be available to meet one-on-one with participants to review their risks for developing a chronic condition, such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes or cancer.

"Just show up," said Hofer, adding that although it is best for participants to take advantage of all of the services offered, they do have an option to pick and choose.

She said health screenings and a review of health risks can take about 45 minutes, so people can just show up whenever it's convenient as long as it is during the time the event is offered.

"We want community members to find out what their health risks are and to give them prevention tips," said Hofer, who also said the event is being offered because at a previous heart health program, it came to light that most people don't know their health risks and what to do to prevent a chronic condition.

In addition to free health screenings, there will be representatives from health care providers present to provide information and to discuss participants' health concerns.

Agencies will include the University of Florida College of Medicine, Shands at UF, North Florida Regional Medical Center, UF Mobile Clinic and CORE Family Health and Wellness, which offers chiropractic services.

"We want people to walk away with the tools to prevent whatever they're at risk for," Hofer said. "We want them to become more aware of different health risks and to learn prevention measures to lower their health risks."

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