Area residents are invited to visit the annual health fair at Indiana University Northwest on Nov. 14, where they can take advantage of low-cost lab work and other health screenings.
The theme for this year’s health fair is “Race into a Healthy Lifestyle.” The fair itself will be held from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Savannah Center Gymnasium, located at 3400 Broadway in Gary. But blood draws for lab work will take place from 7:30 a.m. until 11 a.m. in Room 203 of that same building. The health fair is hosted by senior IU Northwest nursuing students and is open to everyone.
Community health agencies and university groups will participate in this health event. Available services will include health-profile lab workups (cholesterol, blood sugar, liver and kidney function, etc.) by IU Northwest Medical Laboratory Technology; flu shots; prostate-specific antigen (PSA) tests; blood-pressure screenings; and bone-density tests. Also, sophomore nursing students will make poster presentations on a variety of wellness topics throughout the day.
A blood test costs $15.95 for community members. The PSA test, which is a screening test for prostate cancer for men 40 and older, also costs $15.95. Participants must pay for their tests beforehand at the IU Northwest Bursar’s Office, located in Room 102 of Hawthorn Hall, and present the receipt at the time of the test. Tests are free for IU Northwest students and cost $12.95 for faculty and staff.
A flu shot is $25, payable the day of the health fair. Medicare Part B recipients will not be charged if they present their Medicare Part B card at the time of the inoculation.
Anyone planning to have lab work done should fast for 12 hours before the blood test. This means no food and only black coffee or water to drink.
As a Northwest Indiana leader in health education, IU Northwest is pleased to offer these important health screenings to the community. For more information on the lab testing, contact Susan Higgins at (219) 980-6923.