County health fair to focus on health, wellness services

Organizers of the annual Marion County Health Fair will have local vendors on site who offer health and wellness services in Marion County.

In addition, St. Luke Hos­pital, Marion, and Hillsboro Community Hospital will offer lab services during the fair, which will run from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 4, at the USD 408 Sports and Aquatic Center, 104 N. Thorp St., Marion.

The following four medical tests will be offered for a $25 fee per test:

• Comprehensive Meta­bolic Panel (CMP), which is a blood test that measures a person’s sugar (glucose) level, electrolyte and fluid balance, kidney function and liver function. Glucose is a type of sugar your body uses for energy. Electrolytes keep your body’s fluids in balance.

• A LIPID panel is a blood test that measures lipids-fats and fatty substances used as a source of energy by your body. Lipids include cholesterol, triglycerides, high-density lipoprotein (HDL), and low-density lipoprotein (LDL).

• CBC: A complete blood count with differential measures the levels of red blood cells, white blood cells, platelet levels, hemoglobin and hematocrit. Many times it is ordered as a screening test as an anemia check or detection of infections.

• A TSH test is often performed to determine the underlying cause of abnormal thyroid hormone levels. It’s also used to screen for an underactive or overactive thyroid gland. By measuring the level of TSH in the blood, your doctor can determine how well the thyroid is working.

Additional tests include:

• HbA1c: By measuring glycated haemoglobin, clinicians are able to get an overall picture of what your average blood sugar levels have been over a period of weeks or months. For people with diabetes, this is important: the higher the HbA1c, the greater the risk of developing diabetes-related complications.

• PSA test: A blood test used primarily to screen for prostate cancer. The test measures the amount of prostate-specific antigen (PSA) in your blood. PSA is a protein produced by both cancerous and noncancerous tissue in the prostate, a small gland that sits below a man’s bladder.

Results of the tests done during the health fair will be mailed in one to two weeks, according to organizers.

In addition to helpful testing, the health fair will add a dimension of fun as well by holding a prize drawing every 30 minutes, beginning at 8:30 a.m.

Organizers are encouraging the public to bring a toy to the health fair to support this year’s Marion County Toy Run.

Kiddie attractions

To capture the interest of the younger set, the committee has pursued several “kiddie attractions”:

• The Teddy Bear Clinic, sponsored by the Hillsboro Community Hospital, where kids get to experience things that happen in a doctor’s office, such as listening to the heart beat—but it’s all done with bears.

• St. Luke’s therapy department has a “sensory experience” play area for exploration.

• Invitations have been sent for two special guests: Sparky the Fire Dog and Smoky the Bear. The committee is waiting for confirmation.

For more information about the event, contact Roger Schroeder at 620-382-2177, Diedre Serene at 620-382-2550 or Ken Johnson, 620-877-4285.