Pawnee Valley Community Hospital (PVCH) in conjunction with First State Bank will be co-hosting a Community Health Fair on Friday, March 31 from 6:30 – 9:00 a.m. The health fair will be held on the second floor of the First State Bank building, 6th & Main in Larned, and participants are asked to enter through the south door. Included in this year’s health fair will be lab testing at reduced rates and the Pawnee County Health Department will have a mental health Kiosk for participants to “get a check up from the neck up”. The kiosk will allow a user to take an anonymous screening for eight different behavioral health categories. The health department will also have information available on Zika Virus. Also available to participants will be blood pressure checks, health screenings and health education.
The lab testing being offered includes a Total Profile, Hemogram, CMP, Lipid Panel, TSH, Free T4, PSA and a Diabetic Screening Test. The PVCH lab prides itself with quick turnaround times and results will be mailed to individuals as soon as possible. These results can then be reviewed with a person’s healthcare provider to avoid the cost of higher lab fees. By tracking your own health screening numbers you can be proactive with your own healthcare. According to the American Heart Association, numbers that an individual should pay attention to include blood pressure, fasting glucose, cholesterol – HDL and LDL, triglycerides, body mass index (BMI), waist circumference, minutes of physical activity, diet and nutrition (i.e. number of servings of fruits and vegetables per day), tobacco use and alcohol consumption. Fasting is recommended prior to testing but participants are encouraged to drink water the evening and morning before the lab testing. For additional information contact PVCH at 620-285-8840.