Penn State Health St. Joseph’s free pro­gram will help pub­lic ‘flag’ po­ten­tial health is­sues

Health 4 Cast of­fers bio­met­ric stud­ies, face-to-face wellness con­sults

Northern Berks Patriot Item - - RELIGION - From Penn State Health St. Joseph

Mem­bers of the pub­lic can get a free check on their body mass in­dex, blood pres­sure, blood su­gar and choles­terol at Penn State Health St. Joseph with the start of a monthly pro­gram de­signed to un­cover early warn­ing signs of pos­si­bly larger health is­sues.

The first event is Tues­day, Feb. 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the lobby of the hos­pi­tal’s Bern Town­ship cam­pus.

The free, pri­vate screen­ings, called Health4Cast, will be con­ducted by clin­i­cal nav­i­ga­tors who are med­i­cal pro­fes­sion­als. The nav­i­ga­tors also will help par­tic­i­pants gain in­sight into their over­all health through a re­view of both the tests re­sults and a gen­eral health be­hav­ior as­sess­ment. The stud­ies and coun­sel­ing take about 30 min­utes.

The stud­ies, known as Bio­met­rics, of­fer in­for­ma­tion that can be an early warn­ing to more sig­nif­i­cant health prob­lems.

“Health4Cast can sig­nal po­ten­tial prob­lems even though out­ward symp­toms might not ex­ist,” says St. Joseph’s Chief Med­i­cal Of­fi­cer Dr. Chris Newman. “Us­ing the test re­sults, we help peo­ple un­der­stand their risk for chronic, pre­ventable dis­eases such as di­a­betes, heart dis­ease, and hy­per­ten­sion. We can also help them iden­tify strate­gies for im­proved health and well-be­ing.”

“You can­not con­trol age, gen­der and fam­ily his­tory, but there are many things you can con­trol,” Dr. Newman adds. “Our aim is to help them to un­der­stand what they can do to help them­selves.”

Pre-reg­is­tra­tion is not re­quired. Plan for about 30 min­utes. The four stud­ies re­quire par­tic­i­pants be weighed on a spe­cial scale, have their blood pres­sure taken, and have a fin­ger ‘nee­dle stick’ per­formed to de­ter­mine blood su­gar and choles­terol.

Writ­ten re­sults will be pro­vided to be shared with a fam­ily physi­cian for any fol­low up. Bio­met­rics are not meant to re­place physi­cian ad­vice.

“Health 4 Cast can sig­nal po­ten­tial prob­lems even though out­ward symp­toms might not ex­ist. Us­ing the test re­sults, we help peo­ple un­der­stand their risk for chronic, pre­ventable dis­eases such as di­a­betes, heart dis­ease, and hy­per­ten­sion. ” — St. Joseph’s Chief Med­i­cal Of­fi­cer Dr. Chris Newman

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