Free health screenings offered Monday
by Paisley Boston
Apr 20, 2014 | 2592 views | 0 0 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Walgreens of Cleveland and Delta State University School of Nursing are teaming up to offer free health screenings on Monday.

The event is set to take place at Old Saint Phillips Baptist Church from 5-6:30 p.m.

Refreshments and free medical screenings will be provided.

Walgreens Store Manager Andre Harris said this in one of many outreach programs that the store sponsors.

"Walgreens has an outreach program where we go out into the community and do events that are related to health and wellness," said Harris.

"Last year we partnered with different non - faith organizations in the state of Mississippi and here locally, we partnered the Bolivar County Baptist Association to focus on more health and wellness in the community," he added.

The following health screenings will be administered: hypertension, A1C, bone, weight and HIV.

"I feel that this event is important because in our community, there are so many health issues and some of them are preventable," said Harris.

"High blood pressure, obesity and HIV are greatly impacting our community and we fill that early detection is key," he added.

According to the Mississippi Department of Health and Human Services, more than 700,000 Mississippi adults have high blood pressure and thousands more may be at risk.

High blood pressure increases a person's risk of heart disease and stroke, two of the leading causes of death in the United States.

It can also lead to kidney disease, blindness and mental impairment.

High blood pressure can be controlled or prevented entirely by taking the right steps.

Hypertension affects all ages and races.

"It is free testing and I would like to encourage the community to come out because it is good to know your stats or your results. We want everyone to know where they stand with their health and wellness," said Harris.

"Students from the Delta State Nursing Program will be administering hypertension, A1C and weight," he added.

According to the Mississippi Department of Health and Human Services Mississippi has the highest rate and greatest percentage of people living with HIV in the country.

A Mississippian with HIV/AIDS is almost twice as likely to die than the average American with the virus; HIV-positive African-Americans in Mississippi are ten times as likely to die from it than whites.

African-Americans are only 37.5 percent of the population, but represent 78 percent of new HIV infections.

"Aaron E. Henry Community Health Services Center will be administering the free HIV screenings. There are people in our community who are walking around with illnesses but they are too afraid to go to the doctor and some of them just simply do not know that they are sick," said Harris.

Harris said the event would also feature medical or medicine counseling.

"Walgreens will also be there administering different types of testing and providing medicine therapy and counseling," he continued.

"Medical therapy is basically when a pharmacist advises patients on how to take certain types of medication. I feel that this is important because sometimes people go to different doctors and they do not know the safe way that they should take their medicine," he added.

For more information, contact Harris at 662-846-5781.