The Hardin County Memorial Hospital’s Wellness on Wheels mobile health unit, also known as WOW, will be coming to Grayson County next week on Wednesday, Aug. 10.
The WOW bus will be set up in front of the Leitchfield Wal-Mart from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. giving preventive and wellness health screenings that day.
The WOW mobile unit has been traveling throughout Hardin and surrounding counties since 2000, in order to bring “clients preventive and wellness health screenings,” according to Interim Communications and Community Relations Director Karen Blaiklock.
“It gives them a snapshot of their health and then recommendations to establish a relationship with healthcare providers,” said Blaiklock.
The unit is staffed with registered nurses from Hardin County Memorial Hospital to provide these screenings, as well as recommendations on improving health. There will be a variety of wellness screenings available to the public.
Screenings offered are: anemia, blood pressure, blood glucose, cholesterol panel, thyroid screenings, and body mass index/weight. There will also be educational information available on healthy living tips on eating a balanced diet, exercise, and how to stop smoking.
Costs vary depending on the type of screening. There is no charge for the blood pressure, blood glucose, or body mass index/weight screenings. An anemia screening is $5.00, the cholesterol panel is $20.00, and a thyroid screening is $15.00.
“This is not a substitution for a visit to your healthcare provider, only for health screening purposes,” Blaiklock said.
Individuals can participate in the wellness screening called “Know their Numbers,” which can help determine measurements for blood pressure, cholesterol, blood glucose, and waist measurement. This, according to Blaiklock, is a way for clients to “be proactive regarding their lifestyle choices.”
“They need to know these basic numbers to give them the opportunity to know health risk factors and/or if you need to change health habits or follow-up with healthcare providers,” said Blaiklock.
It is recommended that anybody who can participate take part in this program that aims to prevent diseases prevalent in the community, such as high blood pressure and diabetes, according to Clarkson’s Family Care Center’s nurse practitioner Cari Johnson.
“I think everybody should have a preventive exam. Anybody who’s able should try it,” said Johnson. “I think it’s very important. It helps catch illness early. It can catch patients early at risk and can start intervention early before it gets worse.”