On Tuesday, Nov. 5, Franciscan Health will host a free health fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Franciscan Healthy Living Center, located on the lower level of the Lafayette Heart Institute at 1116 N. 16th Street, Lafayette.
The event will provide knowledge of available tools in the community and education for people to better manage their health. It is important to create balance in life by nurturing the needs of the whole person, which includes spiritual, mental, emotional and physical needs. The event will also help identify risk factors and knowledge deficits for those with chronic illnesses, including diabetes, heart failure, COPD and asthma.
Free health screenings at the event will include:
Blood Pressure
Diabetes Risk Assessment with possible A1c follow up*
Fall Risk Assessment
Readiness to Quit Assessment and other smoking cessation tools
*A1c testing is for those who qualify, and fasting is not required.
Throughout the event, medical professionals will be available to meet individually for questions or to discuss specific topics related to disease prevention and health management. The professionals include nurse practitioners, dietitians, diabetes educators and more.
Additionally, there will also be "Workshop Sessions" with five healthcare topics presented by medical professionals in those fields. These will take place routinely from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m on a first come first serve basis.
Scheduled topics:
Exams and Common Eye Issues by Dr. Gregory Norman, optometrist
Heart Health by Corby Thiel, CFNP
Managing Stress with Chronic Disease by Vanessa Regan, clinical resource nurse
When to See a Specialist, Melissa Donanue, nurse practitioner
Taste Testing of Spices, Seasoning and Herbs by LaDawn Priebe, registered dietitian
Food Demonstration by Amanda Crosby, registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator, and Allison Stetler, registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator
This free health fair, The Wealth of Health from Head to Toe, will provide a fun, effective way to learn more about keeping oneself healthy. Registration is encouraged and can be made by calling (765) 428-5850. For more information, please visit FranciscanHealth.org/news-and-events. Parking is available in a parking lot across from the entrance with handicap parking also available outside the building.