Henry Mayo set to host heart health fair Nov. 16

The Signal - - News - By Ryan Mancini Sig­nal Staff Writer rmancini@sig­nalscv.com

Fo­cus­ing at­ten­tion on keeping peo­ple healthy and free from the lethal reach of heart dis­ease, Henry Mayo Ne­whall Hospi­tal will be bring­ing back its Com­mu­nity Heart Health Fair at Canyon Coun­try Com­mu­nity Cen­ter on Nov. 16.

Free health screen­ings will be given to any­one who at­tends. These screen­ings in­clude mon­i­tor­ing blood pressure, body com­po­si­tion, choles­terol and glu­cose test­ing, screen­ing for carotid ar­ter­ies, heart and weight anal­y­sis and flu vac­ci­na­tions.

The goal of the health fair is to fo­cus on a par­tic­u­lar health need based on a com­mu­nity health needs assess­ment. Henry Mayo spokesper­son Pa­trick Moody said that, based on the assess­ment, the hospi­tal as­cer­tains what press­ing health needs there are in the com­mu­nity.

“We then come up with a plan to ad­dress those needs,” Moody said. “Among the top five com­mu­nity health needs is heart dis­ease. So we run an ef­fort to ad­dress that need, the fact that heart dis­ease has been de­clared a health prob­lem. Our goal then is to help peo­ple un­der­stand and pro­vide them with an ed­u­ca­tion.”

Open and free for the pub­lic, the fair is in­tended to be more like a se­ries of ses­sions rather than a path­way with ven­dors, Moody said. Ed­u­ca­tional re­sources will also pro­vide at­ten­dees with help on di­a­betes man­age­ment, nu­tri­tion and stroke aware­ness.

Ac­cord­ing to Henry Mayo’s im­ple­men­ta­tion strat­egy for 2017-19, the hospi­tal will or­ga­nize ways to ad­dress sev­eral health and health-re­lated con­cerns. This in­cludes ac­cess to care, can­cer, di­a­betes, heart dis­ease and pre­ven­tive prac­tices.

Moody also said that prior health fairs were also held at the Ne­whall Com­mu­nity Cen­ter. Rather than hold health fairs at Henry Mayo, the goal is to make it eas­ier for peo­ple to go to, have ac­cess to and park their cars.

“We’re go­ing to go to ar­eas that might have a greater need for ser­vices rather than make peo­ple leave where they are,” he said.

No reg­is­tra­tion to at­tend is re­quired. The health fair will start at 7:30 a.m. and will go on for three hours. The Canyon Coun­try Com­mu­nity Cen­ter is at 18792 Fly­ing Tiger Drive. For more in­for­ma­tion, call 661-200-1306.

Photo cour­tesy of John Lazar

Henry Mayo Ne­whall Hospi­tal is set to host its Com­mu­nity Heart Health Fair at the Canyon Coun­try Com­mu­nity Cen­ter on Nov. 16.

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