Health fair gives special invitation to teens

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By Special to the Monitor

Come to the 2008 Los Alamos Heart Council Health Fair from 8 a.m. – noon Saturday at Los Alamos High School’s Griffith Gymnasium.

This year, the Heart Council extends a special invitation to local young adults to attend the Health Fair.

“Young adults are often under or uninsured and consequently have limited access to health care services,” Ann ReVelle, president of the Council, said. “We want them to know about the free and low-cost services we offer at our Health Fair and the many vendors with information and resource materials on an array of health, nutrition and fitness subjects.”

Free services include flu shots (courtesy of the Los Alamos Medical Center); 180 bike helmets for young children, which the Los Alamos Heart Council will provide to children accompanied by a parent; health screenings for glaucoma, high blood pressure, oxygen saturation, hearing loss, asthma and high blood sugar and gait analysis; health insurance information; and many other educational exhibits.

Educational exhibits will offer information on diet and exercise; nutrition; fitness and sports; diabetes; eye care; back care; teen health and wellness; substance abuse; allergies; women’s health; skin care; acupuncture; mental health; heart health; mammograms; safety, fire safety and emergency preparedness; massage and Rolfing; dental information; natural medicine; vitamins and food supplements; poison control; children’s health; senior health and senior programs; and much more.

The Blood Draw booth offers the Blood Profile for $20, which measures cholesterol (HDL and LDL), triglycerides, etc.

This year the Los Alamos Council on Cancer is picking up the entire cost of the PSA test for men, which is a screen for Prostate Cancer so there will be no fee for that test.

Each of the three new blood tests first offered last year will cost $10. They are: TSH (thyroid screening), Hemoglobin A1C (for diabetics only) and the hs-CRP (high-sensitivity C-reactive protein) which is a screen for heart disease.

Local United Way organizations participating are: the Family Strengths Network, Los Alamos Family Council, the Family YMCA, Las Cumbres Community Services, the Los Alamos Council on Cancer, and the Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service, Inc. The Los Alamos Heart Council is a United Way Agency and very much appreciates their support, which has enabled the Heart Council to sponsor the Health Fair for 23 years.

The council also acknowledges the support of the Los Alamos Medical Center, Medical Associates of Northern New Mexico and the Hospital Auxilians, without their support there would be no Health Fair.

Look for a map of the different booths at the fair in Thursday’s Los Alamos Monitor.