ISU Hosting 33rd Annual Health Fair

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Updated: 3/20/2013 7:07 pm
 

Idaho State University is the state's designated lead institution in health professions and medical education. For 33 years now, the school has hosted an annual health fair for the public.

 “We have a bunch of vendors from the community,” said School of Nursing Administrator, Kati Denney. “We also have a lot of ISU departments who are here showcasing some of their student work and things they offer to our community here on campus.”

There are a number of highlights for this year’s health fair where participants will be able to test their grip, check their body fat, and have their nervous system evaluated. There are many more options available and they are targeted at just about everyone.

“It’s kind of for anyone at any state of health in their life to just get more information and increase your knowledge techniques and things that are up and coming in our community,” continued Denney.

Examples of services offered at the fair include everything from body-fat screenings and tests of grip strength, to nervous system evaluations and home health and hospice information. Other learning centers will provide blood pressure readings and hearing screening tests, to name a few.

The annual free Health Fair is sponsored by the ISU Division of Health Sciences and Portneuf Medical Center. It will be held in the ISU Pond Student Union Ballroom.

Portneuf Medical Center (PMC) will provide laboratory services and blood draws at the fair on March 21-22. Blood draws are also be available on a walk-in basis from 7 to 11 a.m. daily from March 1 to March 30 at the PMC lab located at 777 Hospital Way with access to the lab through the main entrance. A 14-hour fast is required prior to a blood draw for the lipid profile and general chemistry profile.

Participants who had their blood drawn on or before March 15 can pick up their blood profile results at the ISU Health Fair where health care professionals will help interpret results. If you have your blood drawn after March 15 or at the Health Fair, your results will be mailed to you.

PMC offers a general health blood profile for $43. The screening will include a chemistry profile, assessments for cardiac risk based on cholesterol levels, a complete blood count and a thyroid screen. Optional tests include a $22 confidential HIV screening and a $18 prostate antigen test. Other tests that will be offered this year include thyroid function screen for $16, iron level for $5, uric acid level for $5, glycohemoglobin for $27; insulin level for $25; and vitamin D level for $18, a test for osteoporosis, $17.   

Last year’s Health Fair featured more than 65 learning centers, providing services to more than 800 participants. ISU dental hygiene, nursing and pharmacy students will be available for consultation on medications, healthy teeth and gums, nutrition as well as other health-related topics.

On the day of the Health Fair during fair hours attendees can park in the Pond Student Union parking lot.

For more information, contact Stephen Wright, wrigstep@isu.edu or 208-282-2325, or visit http://www.isu.edu/healthfair.

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