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Healthy Steps offers helpful options April 14

Posted: Friday, March 16, 2018

For fans of Healthy Steps, Parkview Huntington Hospital’s (PHH) semi-annual wellness fair, April typically means getting necessary lab testing done at a reduced rate. While lab testing is one of the centerpieces of the event, Healthy Steps offers much more to help area residents create a healthier lifestyle. The spring event will take place on Saturday, April 14, from 7 to 11 a.m., in the hospital lobby and lower level.

Free health screenings - Health screenings by clinical staff members and physicians will be available. Healthy Steps guests are welcome to take advantage of these screenings: hearing, vision, dental health, skin cancer, bone density, balance, foot health and breathing.

Free services - Free additional services will include blood pressure checks; height, weight and body mass index (BMI) measurement; a brief chair massage; grip strength testing; help with setting up or accessing a Parkview MyChart account; and the chance to ask a pharmacist questions about medications. Guests who plan to talk with a pharmacist should bring a list of the medications, vitamins and supplements they take, or bring the actual containers in a brown bag.

Reduced-cost lab testing - Wellness packages that bundle several lab tests together are back again. Fasting is required for at least ten hours prior to the actual blood draw. Water and medications are permitted during the fast.

In addition, three new single tests are available: Comprehensive Metabolic Profile (CMP) – glucose, liver function and electrolytes, lipid profile cholesterols and triglycerides and an iron test. Fasting is required for the CMP and lipid profile tests.

Other single tests include: hemogram (anemia screen), TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone), Hemoglobin A1C (Glyco A1C – diabetes screen), PSA (prostate cancer screen), Ultrasensitive (CRP – screen for early heart disease), and vitamin D 25 hydroxyl (bone health screen). Prices for single tests range from $10 to $40, depending on the test. Wellness packages range from $30 to $95.

Cash, check and credit card are accepted forms of payment for lab testing. Results will be mailed to guests in two to three weeks, or will be available via Parkview MyChart. Guests who wish to receive results by mail should bring along an adhesive mailing address label.

Imaging tests - Digital mammograms and $50 HeartSmart CT scans will be available during the event, by appointment. The HeartSmart is appropriate for adults 45 and older who have risk factors for heart disease. To schedule an appointment during Healthy Steps only, call (260) 355-3400.

Something for everyone - A new attraction this year is a state-of-the-art surgery demo that will allow guests to try their hand at laparoscopic surgery. This type of video-assisted surgery uses special lighted scopes and unique tools to enable surgeons to perform delicate operations within the body using just a few small incisions.

Guests can talk with hospital staff members on health-related topics and pick up information on coping with stress, eating healthier, managing diabetes, quitting smoking, preventing falls at home, managing pain, effective hand-washing for illness prevention, ortho procedures and other surgeries, adult and pediatric therapies, and more. They can also learn about the progress of the construction project to create the expanded Holly D. Sale Rehabilitation and Wellness Center and a state-of-the-art clinic for wound healing. PHH has exciting plans for new services in the space when it is complete early in 2019.

Free valet parking will be available for guest convenience. The HOSPITALity Café will be open for breakfast, and the gift shop will be open limited hours. For more information about the event, call (260) 355-3213. The next Healthy Steps will be held at PHH on Saturday, October 6, from 7 to 11 a.m.