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[Chrissy Huelsman, a health educator with the McHenry County Department of Health, fits Rhiannon Stobbe, 19, of Marengo, with a blood pressure monitor at a Feb. 20 Wellness Screening at McHenry County College in Crystal Lake.]
At every screening so far there has been at least one person with elevated numbers for either cholesterol, blood sugar or blood pressure, Waggoner said.
“Some are surprised when their numbers are not within range as they had no physical symptoms,” she said. “However, we do remind them that this is a screening and encourage them to schedule an appointment to follow up with a medical provider.”
Waggoner said it is so important to get the checkups and for people to take care of themselves.
“Heart disease remains the number one cause of death in our country,” she said. “Most heart disease happens over time and lifestyle choices like healthy food and physical activity can make a big difference. And of course taking medication can also be important to help keep our numbers in a healthy range. Our goal is to educate and empower individuals to be informed about effects of both positive and negative health habits.”
To make an appointment or find a screening, you can visit www.mcdh.info or call 815-334-4531. There are a number of upcoming screenings being offered.
Screenings for blood pressure, BMI and heart age free. The cost for the cholesterol and blood glucose tests are $25. Appointments are required.
McHENRY COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH WELLNESS SCREENINGS
WHEN and WHERE: 3 to 6 p.m. Feb. 27 at the Johnsburg Library,
300 N. Johnsburg Road, Johnsburg; 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Feb. 28 at the Cary Area Public Library, 1606 Three Oaks Road, Cary; 9 to 11 a.m. March 7 at the McHenry County Health Department, 2200 N. Seminary Ave. Annex A, Woodstock; 3 to 6 p.m. March 12 at the Woodstock Public Library, 414 W. Judd St., Woodstock
COST and INFO: The screenings measure total cholesterol, blood glucose, HDL cholesterol, blood pressure and LDL cholesterol and include a Heart Age Assessment. Screenings for blood pressure, BMI and heart age are free. The cost for the cholesterol and blood glucose tests are $25. Cash or check only. Fasting is optional. Appointments are required. Visit www.mcdh.info or call 815-334-4531 to make an appointment or for more information.