10/07/2008

Get free health screenings, chat with doctors at WVU Health Expo Oct. 17

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. –  Enjoy a chair massage, have your lower-back pain evaluated and your eyes checked, ask a doctor about diabetes – all this and more is on the agenda at the  West Virginia University Health Expo, Oct. 17 from  8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Morgantown Mall.

Many of the Health Expo’s 49 exhibitors will provide free services, some of which normally cost hundreds of dollars, including:

  • Free screenings covering bone density, blood pressure, posture, carotid artery health, glaucoma and more.
  • Question-and-answer sessions with doctors on topics such as sleep, diabetes and mental health issues.
  • Individual health assessments focusing on stroke risk, gallbladder health, heartburn and other conditions.


Last year’s Health Expo drew about 4,000 people for the free services.

"We expect to provide screenings and assessments to thousands of community members," said Stephanie Bock, director of Community Relations for WVUH. "By providing free screenings and having doctors and other caregivers on hand to give out information, the Health Expo is a key venue for WVU to promote disease prevention and encourage healthy lifestyles. We hope everyone in the community will take advantage of it.”

WVU doctors participating include Heather Clawges, M.D., a pediatrician with the WVU Hospitals Sleep Evaluation Center, who will be available from 10 a.m. to noon to discuss issues of sleep and children. From 2 – 4 p.m., Karen Fitzpatrick, M.D., a WVU Family Medicine physician, will answer questions about diabetes.

Blood screening tests require registration, as do screenings involving the knee, the shoulder or pulmonary function. To register, call the WVU HealthLine at 1-800-982-8242.  There is a $35 fee for the multiphasic blood test, and patients should fast for 12 hours for the best results.  The PSA blood test for men costs $15.

For information on the Health Expo along with a full schedule of events see the WVU Health Expo insert in the Dominion Post Oct. 12 or see http://health.wvu.edu/expo/index.html.

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For more information:
Amy Johns, HSC News Service, 304-293-7087
johnsa@wvuh.com
ab: 10-01-08

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