Even though the Family Health and Fitness Day is still a couple of weeks away, Good Shepherd Medical Center is now taking appointments for two new health screening options that will be offered to families and individuals based on need.

“While we have always done screening activities at Family Health and Fitness Day, (however), we really felt the need to focus on prevention and early detection,” Juli Gregory, Good Shepherd director of education, said.

“Finding any illness or abnormality early is always the better option and can have a tremendous impact on long-term damage or effects and will help people manage their condition.”

Gregory said one of the changes that will be seen in the current healthcare reform is a push for chronic illnesses to be well managed and under control.

Offering additional screenings will lead to fewer readmissions and healthier, happiers people in the long term, she said.

Gregory said the health and fitness day, which will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 28 at Hermiston High School, will include a number of new screening opportunities, including the chance to receive full hearing and eye examinations by the Casey Eye Institute and Hermiston Hearing Center and dental screenings from Advantage Dental, which is based out of Hermiston.

Gregory said Casey Eye is bringing a van to provide basic eye exams as well as full dilation if further issues are detected.

Following the exam, people may qualify for free items such as glasses and more based on need.

During the dental screenings, Advantage Dental will conduct general exams and hand out free toothbrushes at the event.

Families may contact the Good Shepherd education department at 541-667-3509 to see if they qualify for either exam and make appointments.

“We still have some slots available, though there are people that have already signed up,” Gregory said.

She said people should call prior to the event to ensure they will have an appointment.

The event will also offer other new features, such as foot checks for diabetics, an expanded opportunity to ask a health care professional medical question and a confidential depression and suicide screening.

A number of previous screening opportunities will also return, including blood pressure checks, colorectal cancer screening kits, Body Mass Index and Body Composition Analysis, fall prevention, memory and stress management screening, lung-function testing and more.

The Lion’s Club Screening Van will also be present at the event where individuals can have their blood glucose tested and possibly receive a voucher for a cholesterol test to use later at Good Shepherd.

Most of the screenings will take place in classrooms between the purple and gold gyms at the high school, Gregory said.

The area will be identified as the “screening mall” called “The Wellness Place; Your Health Defined.”

Gregory said fitness and health day will also feature a number of other activities, including physical exercise demonstrations, a family bike ride, medical helicopter demonstrations and more but that they wanted to make preventative care a larger priority.

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