Get these simple screenings to prevent serious health problems

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We have a friendly reminder for you. Even though basic health screenings require some of your time, they’re well worth the effort.

“The best way to treat a disease is to prevent it in the first place.”

You’ll likely save money and stay healthier in the long run because these screenings help prevent more severe health problems that could stick with you throughout your life.

“The best way to treat a disease is to prevent it in the first place,” says James Allen, MD, medical director of The Ohio State University Hospital East. Health screenings can detect conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, eye diseases and cancer even before you start to feel symptoms.

That’s why every year, Ohio State doctors, nurses, pharmacists, physical therapists, optometrists, and stroke and wound care specialists come together for Community Health Day to deliver free health screenings and services to anyone who stops by.

You can find out whether your cholesterol is high, talk with a specialist about sleep disorders or have an expert review your medications at the event, which was held in June in 2016.

“Whether you have health insurance or not, anyone can benefit from the free health screenings at Community Health Day,” says Dr. Allen. And you’ll be amazed at how much you learn about healthy living, nutrition and health resources in our community at the many tables and displays.

At Community Health Day, you can:

  • Get a full checkup: Community Health Day offer a variety of health screenings in one visit, including big ones that everyone should consider: blood pressure, glucose and cholesterol, aneurysm and stroke, hearing and vision, dental, breast or prostate cancer screenings and many more.
  • Prepare for your next doctor visit: We’ll give you your test results so you can take them to your doctor and get the most out of your one-on-one time with your doctor. If you don't have a primary care doctor, we'll help you find one.
  • Learn about routine care: You might not always know what to ask for when you see your doctor. At Community Health Day, you can learn about when to have routine screenings.
  • Get free school sports physical examinations for high school and middle school students.
  • Enjoy free and healthy food provided by our hospital food services staff.
  • Connect with local service organizations sharing information about their programs and services.

It’s not all stethoscopes and tongue depressors, either. We add in live music, family activities and free food like turkey hot dogs, corn on the cob and fresh fruit.

Take the next big step on your journey to good health! Join us in 2017 for Community Health Day or see a primary care doctor to get one of these important screenings.

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