Initiative to provide free local health screenings

Oct. 03, 2013 @ 05:00 AM

Free health screenings will be available locally Tuesday, Oct. 8, courtesy of the The North Carolina Farm Bureau’s Healthy Living for a Lifetime initiative.

The initiative will provide the screenings in the Sanford Tractor Supply parking lot from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Lee County Health Department, Helping Hand Clinic, Carolina Healthnet, Loving Life/Amando La Vida and other organizations are working with the North Carolina Farm Bureau and the Lee County Farm Bureau on this initiative.

“I have been involved with two Healthy Living for a Lifetime events and have witnessed firsthand ... how this event can really have a positive and lasting impact on a person’s health care,” said Tim Smith, project research associate, Carolina HealthNet. “For many, even routine visits are out of reach for numerous reasons (financial, transportation, etc.), and this event gives those folks an opportunity to see where they stand healthwise and a way to take control of their health concerns,”

Added Marilyn Green, executive director of the Helping Hand Clinic, “[The clinic] is keenly aware of the needs of the medically uninsured in Lee County. The Farm Bureau is providing the means for anyone to have their blood pressure, blood glucose and other screenings monitored free of charge. Knowing the results of these tests may make the difference between life and death. We are very grateful to the Farm Bureau for sending the mobile unit to Lee County,”

Healthy Living for a Lifetime aims to address the immediate health care needs of rural North Carolinians while fostering awareness of healthy lifestyle choices that will result in long-term health improvements among vulnerable populations. Using a 50-foot, state-of-the-art mobile health screening unit, the initiative will provide rural North Carolinians with free health screenings, educational materials and more. The unit is handicap accessible.

The North Carolina Farm Bureau’s Healthy Living for a Lifetime mobile unit will be equipped for the following screenings: cholesterol, blood glucose, blood pressure, body mass index, bone density and lung function. Fasting for eight hours is recommended, but not required. There will also be organizations from throughout the community to provide local resources to attendees.

This event is open to the public. No appointment is necessary. For more information, call (919) 706-4159 or visit www.healthylivingforalifetime.com. Tractor Supply is at 3004 S. Horner Blvd., Sanford.