Mini Health Fair – Sunday, April 3rd from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Senior Center. All are Welcome!!!

Our Temple is proud to offer its “Mini Health Fair” , as part of its Community Outreach activities.

In the Senior Center (Across the Temple on Bowne Street, above Saraswati Hall, )

Date: Sunday, April 3rd, 2016, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

This event is organized for the benefit of  the entire larger community. ALL ARE WELCOME!

Many basic health checkup thresholds are monitored on this day:

  • Height Weight, BMI (BMI Chart), Blood Pressure
  • EKG (45 yrs & older)
  • General Checkup
  • Glaucoma Screening
  • Nutrition Specialist
  • Blood Tests – Glucose &  Cholesterol levels – Results are given instantly!!

(Patients must be fasting for at least 6 hours prior to blood test. NO Coffee/Tea, Mints or Gum. ONLY water is permitted)

Please come and take advantage of this Health Fair and get a reading on your health

Please click here for the flyer

Read on to know more about the Mini Health Fair:

First of all, what is a mini health fair?

  • Health fair is an educational and interactive event.
  • It’s an outreach program to provide basic preventive medicine and medical screening to people in the community or employees at work.
  • It’s also a conjunction with workplace wellness and public health intervention.
  • So, a mini health fair is a smaller version with fewer vendors.

Now let’s talk about your role. Get ready……

  • All participants are to arrive at 9 a.m.
  • For accurate screening results, fasting is recommended.
  • So no food for at least 8 hrs. NO coffee, tea, gum, mints or any other edibles.
  • RECOMMENDED to drink water.

Start the process of screening by:

  1. Registration
  2. Blood pressure screening
  3. Height & weight
  4. Body Mass Index ( BMI)
  5. Cholesterol & sugar testing (One will obtain results in 10 minutes – on the spot – AMAZING!)
  6. EKG (for 45 years and above)
  7. Consultation – review results and suggest guidelines.
  8. Glaucoma screening
  9. Nutrition Specialist – to help make good food choices to suit specific needs.

What do these medical terms means?

  • Blood pressure: It’s the pressure of the blood in the circulatory system that’s measured closely related to the force and rate of the heart beat.
  • Body mass index (BMI): A body mass index is a weight-to-height ratio, calculated by dividing one’s weight by the square of one’s height. This is used as an indicator of obesity or underweight. Confused? No need! There are machines that calculate the BMI, and a BMI chart shows if one is obese, overweight, normal weight or underweight.
  • Cholesterol: This is a waxy substance that’s found in the fats (lipids) in your blood. There are two different types of cholesterol HDK & LDL:
    • HDL or commonly known as “Good cholesterol”: The higher the value of HDL the lesser the chance of a heart disease.
    • LDL or commonly known as “Bad cholesterol”: It’s the cholesterol that causes plaque, a thick, hard deposit that can clog arteries and make them less flexible. The lower the LDL, the lesser the chance of heart disease
    • Triglycerides (TRG): These are the natural fat in the blood. The lower the TRG, the lesser the chance of heart disease.
  • Glucose commonly known as sugar.
  • EKG or ECG (Electrocardiogram): Shows the heart’s electrical activity as line tracing on paper. It shows how well one’s heart is working
  • Glaucoma – This is a condition that causes damage to the eye’s optic nerve and gets worse over time. It’s often associated with a buildup of pressure inside the eye.

Importance of these tests:

  • Blood pressure – to screen and prevent stroke and heart disease.
  • BMI – to screen and prevent obesity and malnutrition, and to help maintain a healthy weight.
  • Cholesterol – to prevent heart disease.
  • Sugar – to prevent diabetes.
  • EKG – to prevent heart disease
  • Glaucoma – Unchecked Glaucoma can lead to blindness. This unnecessary blindness can be stopped by early detection of glaucoma.

Consultation after looking at the test results would help in reviewing the results and guiding us towards the proper actions to be taken

Nutrition Specialist shows us how to make good food choices so we can be and stay healthy, for we are what we eat. Eating right is the first step in being healthy

In a nutshell, folks, this mini health fair is to know one’s health numbers and to work on them. This is not a diagnosis process; instead, it can be used to monitor and learn to improve one’s health. Getting one’s health checked periodically helps to maintain good health and live better.

Let’s Be Healthy & Enjoy Life!

Venue: Ganesh Temple (Senior Center – above Saraswati Hall, across the Temple on Bowne Street)

Date: Sunday, April 3rd, 2016

Time:  9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Written by: Sara Patel

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