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Annual McDuffie health fair slated for Saturday at Thomson High School

Two days and counting.

It's almost time for the 27th annual McDuffie County Health Fair. This year the fair will be on Saturday, April 17, at Thomson High School beginning at 8 a.m. The 2004 fair is expected to be larger than ever. Participants are to park in the student parking lot and enter the side door of the school. This is a change from past years.

No parking will be allowed in the front circle of the school except for those using a wheel chair or walker. To park in this area, the wheel chair or walker must be used by the person visiting the fair. There will be someone stationed at the door to assist wheel chair and walker participants.

As you enter either, you will see packets being given out. You must decide if you intend to have the blood chemistry test or not. It is very important to receive the correct packet for the tests you desire. Volunteers will be available to assist with registration information and each person must have the volunteer co-sign the Consent and Release form provided in the packet.

The tests and screeings planned this year include the ever popular Comprehensive Metabolic Panel (CMP) that is considered by many as the ultimate in blood chemistry tests. This test can detect problems with cholesterol, triglycerides, kidney function, liver function, electrolyte balance, diabetes and more. The cost for this test is $18. In addition, we will also offer a thyroid test ($6) and a Prostate Cancer (PSA) test ($14). The PSA test is a blood test and is only for those men aged 45 and older. These two tests can be added to the same blood sample as taken for the CMP.

Also offered is the Hemoglobin A1c test for diabetics. This test is most important to diabetics for it gives an average of glucose control for the past three months. Results will be sent to the participant and to their physician in about 3-4 weeks following the fair.

One should not eat or drink eight to 12 hours before having this blood work.

The Kilpatrick Baptist Association Disaster Relief team will be offering snacks for those having this blood test so that one will be able to stay and enjoy the other tests and educational booths. We will, however, have a concession stand serving hamburgers and hot dogs.

To speed the blood chemistry line, we are asking each participant to bring a list of medications presently taking. The blood chemistry registration form will ask for this list.

Be aware that you must have your blood pressure taken before having the blood chemistry test. This is required.

For those not wishing to have the blood chemistry but want to be screened for diabetes may have the finger prick diabetic screening. For known diabetics, this is not as accurate as the blood chemistry but is a tool to see how the body uses its glucose. Those having this test must eat a big breakfast two hours before being tested. This same testing station will offer anemia screening.

Blood pressure screening is important. We hope all participants will have their blood pressure taken while at the fair. As stated above, those having the blood chemistry will be required to have their blood pressure taken before the blood chemistry test. We encourage everyone to try to keep blood pressures at good levels. So many health problems can be controlled or even prevented with tight control of blood pressure.

As we age, we lose hearing, but some of us do not know to what extent our hearing is missing. The same thing is true of vision. Both tests will be offered.

We will be providing the popular bone density test. For this, also wear removable hosiery.

Health Link will provide a Body Fat analysis.

What blood type are you? If you cannot answer this question, you definitely need to stop by this booth for a quick test.

A new feature for the day will be mini-lectures on various health topics. Lectures will be running continuously beginning at 9:30 a.m. These will be conducted in 2 classrooms on the back hall of the school near the lunchroom.

The scheduled lectures are: 9:30 a.m. -- Dr. George Havrilla -- Choosing proper shoes; 10 a.m. -- MCG Sleep Center - Sleep Apnea; 10:30 a.m. -- Dr. Mike McQuaig -- Cataract Surgery Options; 11 a.m. -- Pediatric and Adult Asthma Concerns

In addition to the testings and screenings, there will be some 40 educational booths where the participant may discuss problems with professionals or receive free literature. As an incentive there will be a $100 gift for someone visiting these booths.

As you leave the fair (via the side door -- only), you must turn in your packet. We will give you the first copy of the result form along with any materials collected from the booths. We also would like to ask you to complete your evaluation form. We take your suggestion seriously and try to include them in planning for next year.

For more information, one may call 595-2501.



Web posted on Thursday, April 15, 2004


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