Monday, January 10, 2011

CRMC To Host Community Health Fair

Cookeville Regional Medical Center will be hosting its quarterly Health and Fitness Fair on Saturday, January 22 from 7:00 am to 10:00 am. The Health Fair is open to the public and provides an opportunity for community members to participate in affordable health screenings to stay abreast of their health. A new free screening is being introduced at this health fair. The screening is for a condition called Hereditary Emphysema or Alpha-1 Antitrypsin (AAT) Deficiency. Hereditary Emphysema is a genetic disorder resulting from a deficiency from Alpha-1 Antitrypsin. Individuals who have any of the following symptoms/conditions may be more likely to have AAT deficiency:

o COPD – Emphysema, Chronic Bronchitis or Bronchiectasis

o Family history of: Emphysema/COPD, AAT Deficiency, liver disease, or panniculitis

o Asthma with minimal response to medication, inhalers

o Early-onset of emphysema (age of 45 years or less)

The American Lung Association estimates that there are approximately 100,000 people in the United States who suffer from AAT deficiency, and up to 90% of those with the deficiency are undiagnosed. Early detection is very important and it only involves taking a blood sample via a simple finger stick.

Other numerous affordable screenings available at the Health Fair include:

• Blood Pressure

• Cholesterol and Lipid Profile

• Vitamin D Level

• Prostate Specific Antigen

• Bone Density Screening

• Complete Blood Count

• Oxygen Saturation

• Complete Chemistry Profile

• Thyroid Profile

• Hemoglobin A1C

• Blood Type

• Vascular Screening

• Hereditary Emphysema or Alpha-1 Antitrypsin (AAT) Deficiency

The health fair will be held in the hospital’s Education Center located inside the East entrance of the hospital beside the Emergency Room. Registration is required to attend. To register and to see complete pricing of screenings, please visit the hospital’s website at or call The Community Wellness Department at (931) 783-2587. Cash, check and credit cards will be accepted.