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PHH prepares for 2018 Healthy Steps

Staff report

Healthy Steps, Parkview Huntington Hospital’s health and wellness fair, will return to the hospital lobby and lower level on Saturday, Oct. 6, from 7 to 11 a.m.

The event will include many of its traditional offerings plus seasonal additions, such as flu shots, and new features, such as tours of the Sleep Disorders Center.

Admission to this event – which takes place in April and October each year – is free, and services are available to adults 18 and older. Area residents will be able obtain multiple services and screenings in a single visit.

“Our reduced-cost lab testing and free screenings are really popular,” Parkview Huntington Hospital (PHH) PresidentJuli Johnson said in a press release. “But we offer a lot of other helpful information and resources, too, so we hope each person who attends will visit the booths and talk with our expert team members. Healthy Steps is a great chance to be proactive about your health and learn and have fun at the same time.”

New features at the October event will be: a demonstration of Tai Chi, which can be used as a therapy; tours of the Sleep Disorders Center in the adjoining John B. Kay Medical Office Building; an aromatherapy booth; and information on Parkview OnDemand.

Parkview OnDemand is a new telehealth service that enables a person to have a virtual visit with a healthcare provider for non-emergency health needs, such as coughs, cold, flu, and earaches. Parkview OnDemand providers are available 24/7, and are as close as an app on your smart phone.

It’s flu season, so a limited number of $20 flu shots will be available.

Free health screenings will include hearing, vision, dental health, balance, skin cancer, bone density, foot health, and breathing. Blood pressure checks, grip strength testing, help with Parkview McChart, and “Ask the Pharmacist” will also be free. Guests can try out their dexterity on the free surgery demo, too.

Reduced-cost lab testing will be located across from the café on the lower level of the hospital. Wellness packages that combine several tests for one price can be a good option for people who need more than one type of blood test. Test packages run from $30 to $95, depending on the tests included.

Single tests include hemogram; TSH (thyroid); hemoglobin A1C; PSA (prostate); ultrasensitive CRP; vitamin D 25 hydroxy; comprehensive metabolic profile, or CMP (glucose, liver function, electrolytes); lipid profile (cholesterols and triglycerides); and iron. Single tests range from $10 to $25, except for the vitamin D test, which is $40. In keeping with Medicare compliance rules, PHH must now charge a lab draw fee of $5 per person at this event; this fee applies whether a person orders one test or multiple tests.

Appointments can be scheduled for digital mammograms and $50 HeartSmart CT scans during Healthy Steps. HeartSmart CT is appropriate for adults age 45 and older who have risk factors for heart disease. To schedule your test for October 6, call 260-355-3400.

A wide variety of PHH services and programs, as well as services by other Parkview entities, will be represented at booths throughout the hospital lobby and lower level.

PHH provides free valet parking for the event. The gift shop will be open, and the HOSPITALity Café will be serving breakfast and more. The café has recently added to its wide variety of snack and beverage options.

For more information, call 260-355-3213.