Wellness fair Feb. 2

It is important to be proactive about your health and participate in annual screenings. Early detection is vital for appropriately managing and preventing chronic health conditions.

Sanford Vermillion is once again partnering with students in health professions and business school programs at the University of South Dakota to host a community health and wellness event. The health fair focuses on the importance of knowing your individual "numbers" and understanding what they mean with respect to your overall health and wellness.

The Community Health & Wellness Fair will take place Saturday, Feb. 2, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Lee Medicine Building (corner of Dakota and Clark streets).

Free health screenings offered include blood pressure, blood sugar, body fat/body mass index analysis, lung/breathing test and oral cancer screen. Reduced cost screenings available include cholesterol – $15 and PSA Blood screen for men – $20 and a special health fair screen including CBC without differential, lipid panel and basic metabolic panel for a package rate of $55.

In recognition of Heart Health Month, several new options will be available this year. Sanford Heart Screen will be onsite to provide an Adult and a Youth Heart Screen. These screens should be scheduled in advance by calling (605) 33HEART. Participants are encouraged to walk through the Mega Heart display to learn more about how the heart works. In addition, there will be two varieties of CPR education available.

Community Blood Bank of Sioux Falls mobile unit will be onsite for blood donations. Participants are encouraged to attend one of the healthy cooking seminars; "Healthy Fats … Really?," offered at 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. Also, parents should know this is a family friendly gathering with a supervised children's activity room and Youth Health Fair.

Check sanfordvermillion.org for more details.

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