Free Health Screenings to be Offered at Cville Health Fair

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People of all ages can get a variety of free health screenings in Charlottesville this weekend. About 200 volunteers will be on hand at the 7th annual Community Health Fair to help visitors improve their lifestyles.

Nearly 35 different agencies will be set up at Charlottesville’s Booker T. Washington Park Saturday for the event. The fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in conjunction with the 25th Annual African-American Cultural Arts Festival.

Nurses and doctors will be checking visitors for a range of health factors, including blood pressure, body mass index, diabetes, and kidney disease testing.

There are still open spots for mammograms and youth sports physicals, but people must schedule those appointments in advance. For mammograms, call 434-924-1555. People with health insurance must bring their insurance cards, and programs are available to cover the cost of mammograms for women without health insurance. Women must be at least 40 years of age and have no prior breast problems.  The mammograms will be done at the University of Virginia Breast Care Center.

To sign up for youth sports physicals, call 434-243-2079. Appointments must be scheduled in advance.  Students are required to bring in a Virginia High School League (VHSL) physical form for the exam to be completed. 

Information will also be available on health topics including aging, Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, heart disease, stroke, prostate disease, poison prevention and nutrition.

UVA Professor of Emergency Medicine Marcus Martin, said, “I go to my primary care doctor on a regular basis, but mingling in a leisurely fashion over several hours with people who are providing health education always provides more important information the person can use to improve their lifestyle.”

Organizers will be raffling off more than 10 different products, including an iPod Touch and educational items for kids.

Everyone who participates will also leave with a reusable grocery bag.

The UVA Health System and Office of the Vice President and Chief Officer for Diversity and Equity are partnering with Martha Jefferson Hospital and the Virginia Department of Health to put on the fair.

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