HMH to host heart fair

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Free health screenings, lipid profile available

By Marty Finley

Hardin Memorial Health is leading a charge this weekend to help residents become more informed and heart healthy in their lifestyle choices.

HMH is hosting Heart Fair 2013 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday inside the fifth floor auditorium of Hardin Memorial Hospital, where residents can register for a free lipid profile.

The lipid profile includes total cholesterol, HDL, LDL, triglyceride and glucose checks, a $75 value that is offered for free during the fair.

Karen Blaiklock, health and wellness promotion manager for HMH, said this is the first time the profile has been offered for free, but residents must pre-register by end of business Wednesday. Appointments can be scheduled at www.hmh.net or by calling (270) 706-1250.

Blaiklock said those older than 20 are encouraged to have their cholesterol checked at least once every five years.

“If you don’t know your numbers, this is your opportunity to learn,” she said.

Visitors can measure their blood pressure and blood glucose levels and participate in a body mass index examination or body fat analysis, according to a flier for the fair.

Blaiklock said educational booths is available with information on heart healthy nutrition, disease and weight management, stroke prevention, cardiac catheterization, diabetes and fitness. Health care providers from cardiology and primary care are available to consult and meet with fairgoers.

The hospital has held several fairs in the past during February to recognize American Heart Month and Blaiklock said the hospital will help arm visitors with information on the American Heart Association’s simple seven measures for life: Get active, control cholesterol, eat better, manage blood pressure, lose weight, reduce blood sugar and stop smoking.

Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the U.S., according to HMH, and one in every three deaths is caused by heart disease and stroke.

For those who cannot attend the fair, they are encouraged to visit the HMH website and find where the Wellness on Wheels mobile health unit will be located during February.

Marty Finley can be reached at (270) 505-1762 or mfinley@thenewsenterprise.com.