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Broadview University Invites You to Check Yourself

Published on February 12, 2013 by Tiffany Coleman

(MERIDIAN)  February is Heart Health Month. To help raise awareness, Broadview University is opening its doors to the public for a special event. The campus is hosting its first-ever Health Fair on Tuesday, February 19, and people of all ages are invited to attend. A number of free services are being offered that could potentially save a life.

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Broadview University is hosting its first-ever Health Fair on Tuesday, February 19. People of all ages are invited to attend the event and participate in the free health checks that could potentially save lives.

Broadview University is teaming up with several local organizations for this event. The Boise campus’s medical assistant program will be providing basic health checks and cholesterol testing. Massage therapy students will be offering complementary chair massages.

“Doing simple things like getting your cholesterol checked, getting more exercise, stopping smoking, and reducing stress can lower your risks of becoming a statistic,” Julie Quinn, the school’s medical assistant program chair, said.

In addition to what Broadview University is offering, the American Red Cross will also be holding a blood drive. The entire process—from check-in to check-out—takes about an hour, and a single donation can help up to three different people. People who have not donated blood within the past 56 days are encouraged to sign up to donate.

Saint Alphonsus is also participating in the Free Health Fair by offering free bone density screenings. Workers will also take appointments for the Mobile Mammography Unit. The 40-foot-long mobile unit is part of an outreach program to encourage more women to get the potentially lifesaving exam. The unit travels the region and provides the same screening services that can be received from Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise. It will be set up in the school’s parking lot on Thursday, February 21. The service is only available to women between the ages of 35 and 64. Insurance companies—which usually cover mammograms at 100 percent—are billed; grants are available for women who do not have insurance.

The Health Fair starts at 10 a.m. and end at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, February 19. It will take place in the campus commons area.

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