‘Go Red’ screenings in Greenup

GREENUP COUNTY, Ky. — The Greenup County Health Department (GCHD), 806 Seaton Avenue in Greenup, Ky., is being proactive about the national ‘Go Red for Women’ campaign by wearing red and offering free heart health screenings to promote cardiovascular health on Monday, Feb. 8.

On Monday, Feb. 8, the screenings will be held at the Department from 8 a.m. until noon. Connie Wilburn of the GCHD, said the screenings are not exclusively for women. Both men and women are welcome for these screenings and no appointment is necessary.

Connie Wilburn, nurse administrator at GCHD, said the free screenings are vital, and will be offered to both men and women.

“The main things is, if you don’t already know what your numbers are, then it is really important to get an idea of what your blood sugar, and your cholesterol numbers are, so that you can make changes if you need to,” Wilburn said.”We have always tried to participate in the Go Red campaign, and offer these screenings to the community, not only for the women, but the men as well.”

The screenings will include blood pressure, weight, body mass index (BMI), blood sugar, and a lipid profile (cholesterol). Though no preparation for the screenings are required, fasting 12 hours prior to the tests provides a more precise reading, according to Wilburn.

“Know your numbers, know what they mean, take action. It’s very important for women to know what their numbers are and make changes to their lifestyle to help prevent heart disease,” she said.

For more information, call the GCHD at 606 -473-9838 or visit www.greenuphealth.com.

By Portia Williams

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