How Healthy Are You?

Many people had that question answered for them Wednesday night. The HEART program came to Elizabeth Full Gospel Baptist Church on Highway 371 to offer free health screenings. The event was underwritten by the MLK Health Center and Pharmacy of Shreveport. They have been conducting health and wellness events in our parish for over a year. 

Church Pastor Richard Logan and Yashica Turner from the Health Unit took advantage of the screenings. So to find out more, this reporter signed up. It was quick and painless, and the health questions were easy to answer. First station was weight and blood pressure. All good so far. 

Then it was on to blood sugar and cholesterol screenings. These tests once required a blood draw being sent off to the lab, but not the case Wednesday night. A quick finger prick was all there was to it. The results were fed into a computer for a colorful one page print-out in about a minute. Again, all is good. 

Many of the questions dealt with lifestyle. Do you eat fried foods? Duh Bacon! Do you eat veggies? Yes. Smoke, drink alcohol, exercise regularly, and then they got into meddling. Just kidding. 

And I had my Body Mass Index read. Very good. Body fat is at 19.5%. 

In addition to these screenings there was information for men on Prostate Cancer screenings and PSA tests. That test was offered free at the event. 

And for ladies, information was presented on mammograms. They were making appointments for free mammograms. Spokesperson Essence Smith said they will have a mobile mammogram van back at Elizabeth Full Gospel Baptist Church on March 6th. Call Smith to set an appointment for a free mammogram at 318-227-2912, ext.5.

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