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Get free screenings at Lodi Health event

Fall Into Health lets locals talk to medical staff, get information about health

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Posted: Friday, September 13, 2013 12:00 am

The first 50 people to attend Lodi Health’s Fall Into Health event will receive free flu shots.

While it’s not your typical enticement, organizers of the hospital group’s largest-ever free heath fair event are hoping it will draw residents into the outpatient center on Sept. 22 to learn about their health.

There will also be healthy refreshments and raffle prizes, including a six-month membership for two to Lodi Health’s fitness center.

But the focus is on staying well. To do this, there will be free screenings including:

  • Glucose, for diabetes.
  • Cholesterol, for heart health or plaque build-up.
  • Blood pressure, for elevated levels or hypertension.
  • Vascular health screenings, for blood-flow impairment and hardening of the arteries.
  • Peak-flow meter assessments, for asthma and general lung health.

Many of these have never been offered as screenings before, according to Lodi Health spokeswoman Carol Farron.

“We’re hoping people will stop by after they go to church (or) to Sunday brunch,” she said.

Department directors and other expert staff will also be on hand to spend time with visitors to explain the tests and discuss why optimal organ function is important.

“We can help people hook up with specialty physicians, especially if their results turn out in a less than favorable way,” Farron said.

Outpatient staff will also help connect participants who are looking for the right doctor, whether they live in Lodi, Galt, Stockton or surrounding rural communities.

Lodi Health has a number of outpatient clinics for obstetrician, pediatric and other specialties in cities other than Lodi.

Fall Into Health will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Sept. 22, at Lodi Health Outpatient Services Center (the hospital’s former emergency room) at Vine Street and Fairmont Avenue.

Contact reporter Jennifer Bonnett at jenniferb@lodinews.com.

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