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Hospital’s Wellness Expo provides ‘one-stop shop’ for screenings, health information

The Warren Sentinel

FRONT ROYAL — More than 70 health and wellness agencies are lined up for Warren Memorial Hospitalís Community Safety and Wellness Expo, scheduled from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at Warren County High School.

Kim Shirley, director of the hospitalís emergency department and co-chair of the event, calls it a "one-stop shop" for services and programs.

"Many people are surprised to learn about all the resources available to help us live healthier and safer, and we bring them together under one roof," she said.

Once again, hospital laboratory staff will offer a comprehensive blood panel. It has become a popular feature at the expo.

"You can get a basic panel for $45, which would cost hundreds if you get your doctor to order it," she said.

The general wellness panel includes a complete blood count, quantifying the number of red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets in the blood.

The complete blood panel includes the blood count and also measures glucose, electrolytes, kidney and liver function.

The lipid profile measures good and bad cholesterol plus triglycerides.

A thyroid gland test also will be available.

Other tests may be added for additional fees, including PSA (prostate-specific antigen), HsCRP (determines risk factors for cardiovascular disease), and vitamin D screening.

"You need to fast for 12 hours," Shirley said of people wanting to have blood work done.

The expo will feature a number of free screenings, including blood pressure, body composition analysis, hearing and vision tests, seated massage, breast exams, pulmonary fit testing and oxygen saturation screenings.

Warren Memorial Hospitalís Medical Imaging and Virginia Radiology Associates will provide 30 vouchers for free mammograms, Shirley said.

Good safety habits are as important to health as screenings. Warren County Sheriffís personnel will be on hand to provide information on scooter and bicycle safety, give away helmets while supplies last and do fingerprinting.

Raffles will be held for scooters, knee and arm safety pads, life vests and car seats, according to a Valley Health System news release.

There will be a farmerís market to teach kids about healthy eating habits and a petting zoo to educate them on how pets can help with stress relief.

"We like to engage children to start thinking about their health and adopting good habits now that theyíll take with them into adulthood," Co-Chairwoman Kristin Waltz said in the news release. "Some of the cool things we have planned for this year are a healthy lifestyle challenge and a scavenger hunt that will both feature some great athletic gear and Fitbits as top prizes."

Warren Memorial Hospital Nutrition Services will serve a free, heart-healthy continental breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m.

The event will be held rain or shine at Warren County High School, 155 Westminster Drive.

Visit valleyhealthlink.com/wmhexpo or call Warren Memorial Hospital at 636-0325 for more information.



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