Free health screenings Wednesday in Woodleaf

  • Posted: Monday, May 6, 2013 4:29 p.m.

WOODLEAF — The North Carolina Farm Bureau’s Healthy Living for a Lifetime initiative will provide free health screenings at the Woodleaf Fire Department from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesday.

The Rowan County Health Department, Healthy Rowan!, Rowan Regional Hospital, Woodleaf Fire Department, and other organizations are working with the North Carolina Farm Bureau and the Rowan County Farm Bureau on the initiative.


“On behalf of the Rowan County Farm Bureau, we are truly excited to bring Healthy Living for a Lifetime to our Rowan County.  By providing health screenings to our residents at no cost, we feel we are making a difference. We look forward to the opportunity to assist our local medical community in their efforts to address the health care needs of rural Rowan County residents,” Karlene Doby, president of the Rowan Farm Bureau said in a news release.

“We are so pleased for the opportunity to collaborate with our community partners and excited about bringing the Healthy Living for a Lifetime mobile health screening unit to the western area of Rowan County. We are most grateful to the Woodleaf Fire Department for their willingness and support in hosting this event,” said Steve Joslin, coordinator of Healthy Rowan.

“We decided to focus on the western area of Rowan County because of several factors,” Joslin said. “A large area of western Rowan County is represented by residents who are age 65-plus and may have limited access to healthcare and health insurance. The area also has a population density of 271 residents or fewer per square mile making it a very rural area. Per Community Commons (www.communitycommons.org), in Rowan County, 20 percent to 26 percent of the population are without a primary care physician; because there are less providers in the western area of our county, access to healthcare is very limited, which reinforces the need for an event like Healthy Living for a Lifetime.”

Healthy Living for a Lifetime is an innovative approach to addressing the immediate healthcare needs of rural North Carolinians while fostering awareness of healthy lifestyle choices that will result in long-term health improvements among vulnerable populations. Using a 50-foot state-of-the-art mobile health screening unit, the initiative will provide rural North Carolinians with free health screenings, educational materials, and a path towards a healthier lifestyle. The unit is handicap-accessible.

The North Carolina Farm Bureau’s Healthy Living for a Lifetime mobile unit will be equipped for the following screenings: cholesterol, blood glucose, blood pressure, body mass index, bone density and hemoglobin A1c. Fasting for eight hours is recommended but not required. There will also be organizations from throughout the community to provide local resources to attendees.

This event is open to the public. No appointment necessary. For more information, call 919-706-4159 or visit www.healthylivingforalifetime.com

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