The Teddy Bear Clinic will again be taking patients during the upcoming Family Health & Fitness Day.
The free health and wellness fair is appropriate for all ages. Jamie Crowell, a community health educator at Good Shepherd Health Care System, said the event offers people an opportunity to receive free health care screenings and gain information to address health concerns.
The event is Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Hermiston High School, 600 S. First St. A number of community partners come together to offer the free event as a way to encourage people to focus on activities and prevention that assist with their overall health and fitness.
The educational event, Crowell said, arms people with information to assist them in making healthy lifestyle choices that benefit their health. Also, the public can receive a variety of free health screenings.
“In addition to having a health focus, it’s a lot of fun,” Crowell said.
The Teddy Bear Clinic is designed to help alleviate a child’s fear in regards to a visit to the emergency room, Crowell said. Each participant receives a teddy bear and the child takes it through the admitting process, describes symptoms and give a health history of the stuffed animal. Medical testing and a diagnosis is provided on the bear. The child is given discharge instructions to carry out when taking the bear home.
“The kids love it,” Crowell said. “It’s a really great activity because the children are able to see the process if they have an accident or have to come to the emergency room.”
Also, back for a second year is Nolan the Colon. The attention-getting giant inflatable colon replica provides an inside look at health concerns relating to colon cancer. It provides visitors with a better understanding of how colorectal cancer is identified, how it advances and ways to lower their risk for the disease.
Also, Crowell said personnel from the hospital’s emergency department will be conducting bicycle helmet fittings. Children will receive a free helmet and encouraged to wear it while riding their bike.
Crowell said health screenings offered will provide immediate preliminary results. No fasting is required for such testing as lipids, which helps identify risk factors for heart disease, heart attack and strokes, as well as A1c screening, which checks blood sugar to determine pre-diabetes or diabetes. In addition, diagnostic imaging staff from Good Shepherd will be on hand to perform mammograms. People are encouraged to register in advance for limited appointment times. While people’s insurance will be processed for the testing, those without medical insurance are encouraged to inquire about grants and financial aid programs available if they can’t afford a mammogram.
The event also features dental and vision screenings, door prizes, healthy snacks and information about community health resources. Also, representatives from the Senior Health Insurance Benefits Assistance program will be on hand to discuss available resources.
“I want everyone in the community to know that the health stuff may bring a certain level of seriousness to the event, but it’s also a fun and family-friendly event,” Crowell said.
For more information, contact Crowell at 541-667-3509 or Angie Treadwell at 541-567-8321 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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