On Tues. March 8th, from 2:00 to 6:00 PM, the Guysborough Antigonish Strait Health Authority (GASHA) will be conducting a free health screening program at Sylvan Hall.  The screening team is made up of student nurses led by nurse practitioner, Lena Macdonald.  It is open to anyone 18 or older, not just Lochaber folks, and involves collecting a variety of health related data, (e.g. age, gender, height, weight, heart rate, blood pressure, blood glucose and even cholesterol levels)  all in only about 10 minutes.  Participants are then given a confidential assessment review, at which time they will be alerted to any factors that might constitute a health risk, and advised as to what next steps are recommended to deal with any identified risk.  At the time of the assessment review, participants will be asked to provide suggestions on the sorts of additional services that they would find beneficial.  Printed material related to the evaluated health variables will be available to anyone who is interested.

It is important to note that all data are collected anonymously.  Once a person’s assessment is completed, none of the data collected can ever be associated with any individual.  The data from all participants will be pooled to be available for research purposes.

A flyer prepared by GASHA can be accessed by clicking on Lochaber Screening Poster .  If you or someone you know might like to take part in this screening program, you might like to consider printing a copy of the flyer as a reminder.

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