10/13/2005

WVU Health Expo Set for Oct. 21

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Don’t wait until your next checkup.  Swing by the WVU Health Expo on Friday, Oct. 21, at the Morgantown Mall, and receive a free health screening, talk with a health professional, enjoy a chair massage, visit the information booth and win great prizes like a trip for two to the Dr. Phil Show.

The WVU Health Expo will be held from 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., and will feature 47 exhibitors representing departments and programs at WVU Hospitals, University Health Associates, WVU Health Sciences and affiliated organizations.

Some of the free health screenings being offered throughout the event include: anxiety, glucose, blood pressure, body fat, balance, depression, electrocardiograms (EKGs), carotid, circulation, pulmonary function, diabetic foot, heartburn, glaucoma, and gallbladder and abdominal aorta ultrasounds.

Breast cancer, cardiac, physical activity, memory and stroke risk assessments will be available all day. Bone density screenings performed from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. do not require pre-registration.  Bone density screenings scheduled from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. in a separate location will require pre-registration.  Shoulder screenings will be available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

Those wanting to participate in the gallbladder and abdominal aorta ultrasounds screening are advised to wear loose-fitting clothing—no one-piece outfits—and to fast 8 hours before the screening.  Participants in the multiphasic and lipid panel blood screenings are also advised to fast 8 hours before screening takes place.  These blood screenings, which also include PSA, are available from 7 to11:30 a.m. 

Pre-registration is required for the following screenings: multiphasic, at a cost of $35; lipid panel, at a cost of $15; and PSA (prostate cancer), at a cost of $15. Pre-registration is also required for bone density, knee, skin cancer, advanced care planning, foot sensation and home or work safety screenings, as well as for chair massages. Call the WVU HealthLine at 1-800-982-8242 to pre-register for a screening or massage.

From noon to 4 p.m., lung specialist Christian Butcher, M.D., of the WVUH Respiratory Care and Pulmonary Services, will be on hand to answer questions. In addition, several health professionals, including diabetes educators, physical therapists, pharmacists, aging specialists and a depression specialist, will be available at special times throughout the day.

Some of the other featured activities at the WVU Health Expo will include: alcohol simulation goggles, moderate intensity walking demonstrations and self-breast exam counseling. Notaries will be available to assist with living wills and medical powers of attorney forms.

For more information on the WVU Health Expo, go to www.health.wvu.edu . A special insert will be published in The Dominion Post on Sunday, Oct. 16.

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For more information:
Stephanie Bock, WVUH, (304) 598-6335
bocks@rcbhsc.wvu.edu
10-13-05

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