Tucker Health Fair scheduled

The ninth annual Tucker County Regional Health Fair, to be conducted June 7, at Canaan Valley Resort & Conference Center, promises a wide variety of free and low cost health screenings and education to help people take control of their health. The annual event will be held at the Bear Paw Ski Lodge at Canaan Valley from 7 a.m.-1 p.m.

“This is an opportunity for people to come out and enjoy the spring weather and have fun, while at the same time taking steps to get healthy,” said Tag Stiles, Tucker County Health Fair coordinator. “Although pre-registration is available for some of the screenings, walk-ins are welcome.

“I encourage everyone who wants to learn more about their health status to participate in the health fair,” Stiles said. “This is a fun and informative event for all ages.”

The Multiphasic Blood Analysis, Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) Screening and Thyroid Screening are the only tests for which there is a minimal charge. These screenings cost $10 each. The Multiphasic Blood Analysis tests for a range of disorders such as high cholesterol, diabetes and cancer; the Prostate Specific Antigen test can show evidence of prostate cancer or an enlarged or inflamed prostate in men; and the Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) test can indicate an underactive thyroid gland (hypothyroidism) or an overactive thyroid gland (hyperthyroidism).

For those participating in the Multiphasic screening, a 12-hour fast is required. Fasting is not necessary for the PSA or TSH screenings. The Multiphasic, PSA and TSH are offered by staff from Mon General Hospital in Morgantown.

For more information about the Multiphasic, PSA and TSH screenings, call (304) 285-2730.

Mon General will also have exhibits at the health fair on how to prevent heart disease, strokes and diabetes.

“We are so excited to bring to your area the American Heart Association’s WATCH-LEARN-LIVE SERIES,” said Jill Buterbuagh, RN, director of the Medicine Unit at Mon General. “This series is dedicated to decreasing heart disease, stroke and diabetes in West Virginia.”

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States. Coronary heart disease is the most common type of heart disease, killing more than 385,000 people annually. Every year about 715,000 Americans have a heart attack.

Mon General is the only hospital in north central West Virginia that is a Certified Chest Pain Center. The hospital’s Chest Pain Center will be distributing information about heart attacks and early heart attack care. Information will also be available about TAVR (Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement), an alternative for patients with severe symptomatic aortic valve disease who may not be healthy enough for open heart surgery.

Free screenings include Pulmonary Function Assessments, Bone Density Testing, Hearing Tests with Dr. Jenny Cross and staff, Cancer Screenings, Blood Pressures by Mountain Hospice, Blood Pressures by Tucker County EMS, and Psoriasis/Arthritis screenings. Mark Johnson, MD, of Morgantown Surgical Associates will be available to answer questions at the “Talk to Your Doc” exhibit.

In addition, the Tucker County Health Fair will also be offering EKGs, ultrasounds of the gall bladder (requires an eight-hour fast), ultrasounds of the aorta, ultrasounds of the carotid and lower extremity venous duplex. These screenings required pre-registration, which is now closed since all available times have been filled.

Other participants at the health fair include the Tucker County Health Department, Humana, SNAP Supplement Nutrition Assistance Program, Q&A Associates with information on how to exercise your brain, Cortland Acres with information on Advance Directives and Stress Reduction, Cortland Acres Physical Therapy Department with balance evaluations, Highland Hospital, Coordinating Council for Independent Living, Mountain Top Clinic, NextERA Energy Resources, Tucker County Senior Center, Project Life Save, Davis/Thomas Lions Club with eye exams, Mountain State Dermatology and Regional Tobacco Prevention.