Highpoint Health Hosts April 13 Living Well Health Fair at the Miami Center

Highpoint Health is offering its Living Well Health Fair at the Miami Center in Cleves, Ohio, on Saturday, April 13, from 8:00 until 11:00 a.m. The health fair, which will take place in the Miami Center, adjacent to the public library, at 8 N. Miami Avenue, will offer informational exhibits and health screenings for those 18 years of age and older.  Free colorectal cancer screening kits will be available for home use.

Of special interest to the public are three optional blood screenings: hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c), prostate specific antigen (PSA) and a blood chemistry analysis.  All three will be available for a minimal fee at the event.

Hemoglobin A1c, used to measure the average level of glucose in the blood over an 8-12 week period, is commonly used to aid in the management of known diabetic patients.  The screening is also useful as a tool to help diagnose prediabetes, a risk factor for diabetes.  Diagnosis of prediabetes with appropriate lifestyle and dietary changes may reduce the likelihood of full blown diabetes developing.  The fee for this screening is $30.

Men can elect to have blood drawn for a prostate specific antigen screening (PSA).  This screening is used to help detect prostate cancer.  The fee for the PSA is $10 per person.

A blood chemistry analysis, including an HDL/LDL cholesterol ratio, will also be offered.  The fee for this screening is $30.  For the most accurate results, a 12 hour fast immediately before the blood chemistry analysis is recommended.  Fasting is usually described as nothing to eat or drink except black coffee, plain tea, water and necessary medications.  People with diabetes or those who are under a health professional’s care should consult their physician/nurse practitioner before fasting.  Those who require food or beverages other than water to be taken with their medications during the fasting period also may wish to consult their personal physician/nurse practitioner.

Individuals may choose to participate in one or more of the screenings.  Blood can be drawn for all screenings at the same time.  Fasting is not required for participation in the HbA1C or PSA screenings. 

Those wishing to have blood drawn for the HbA1c, PSA and/or blood chemistry analysis must provide the name and address of their personal physician/nurse practitioner.  This information must be provided during registration.  Results of the blood screenings will be mailed to both the participant and their physician/nurse practitioner for follow-up.

Participants are strongly encouraged to contact their personal physician/nurse practitioner regarding all of their screening results.

All Living Well Health Fair at the Miami Center screening results should be used as supplemental information by the participant.  They do not replace and should not be considered a substitute for an examination by a physician/nurse practitioner.  Participants are encouraged to share all screening results with their personal physician/nurse practitioner.

Pre-registration for the Living Well Health Fair at the Miami Center is not required.

If you would like additional information on the Living Well Health Fair at the Miami Center, please call the Highpoint Health Community Relations Department at 812-537-8190 or 800-676-5572, ext. 8190.

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