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Healthy Steps moved to May

Staff report

This spring, Parkview Huntington Hospital’s health and wellness fair, Healthy Steps, will be held later than usual, in mid-May instead of April.

The change in date, hospital leaders say, is to allow for the completion of the hospital expansion project, anticipated to be finished at the very end of April.

“We wanted to be able to allow Healthy Steps guests the option of seeing some of the new spaces,” said Angie Hormann, manager of the hospital’s Rehab and Wellness Center. “We think community members will be as delighted as we are with the new facility, so a number of services will be located throughout the Rehab and Wellness Center.”

Free health screenings and lower-cost lab testsThe health fair will take place on Saturday, May 18, from 7 to 11 a.m. Healthy Steps veterans will find all of the popular offerings for which the health fair has gained a solid reputation.

Free screenings will be available for vision, hearing, dental health, balance, bone density, skin cancer and foot health. Reduced-cost lab tests are available in bundled packages or as single tests. A 10-hour fast is recommended for anyone who might choose one of the bundled test packages, which run $30 - $95, depending on the tests included. Single tests include hemogram, TSH (thyroid), hemoglobin A1C, PSA (prostate), ultrasensitive CRP, vitamin D 25 hydroxy 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 charge a lab draw fee of $5 per person at this event; this fee applies whether a person orders one or multiple tests.

Digital mammograms and $50 HeartSmart CT Scans will be available by prior appointment. (Call 260-355-3400 to schedule only during Healthy Steps.) HeartSmart CT is appropriate for adults age 45 and older who have risk factors for heart disease.

Additionally, booths and stations will offer information on various hospital services, the Medication Assistance Program, Parkview MyChart, Parkview OnDemand (virtual visits with a healthcare provider for non-emergency health needs), the LifeBridge Senior Program, Parkview Seniors Club and other programs. “Ask the Pharmacist” returns so guests are welcome to bring medications and questions for the pharmacist. They can also learn about the new Parkview Huntington Center for Wound Healing, which opened in December to care for patients with chronic, difficult-to-heal wounds.

Members of the Rehab and Wellness team will provide some screening services as well as demonstrations, plus information on the Senior Exercise Class, nutritional counseling, physical and occupational therapy, the new Adult Fitness Center and more.