When famers and their employees attend meetings in Northeast Nebraska to learn more information about markets and the latest technology, they can also learn a bit more about their health.
Tuesday during West Point’s annual Ag Day celebration, some took advantage of the opportunity to do just that.
The health screenings are made possible by Elkhorn Logan Valley Public Health Department’s (ELVPHD) Operation Heart to Heart program, the goal of which is to help residents in its service area learn about their heart disease risk and if needed, reduce that risk.
The program is funded by a grant from the Aztrazeneca Healthcare Foundation.
The health screenings are available to farmers, their families, and their employees.
The program offers free cardiovascular screening to any person who works in agriculture and lives in Burt, Cuming, Stanton, or Madison counties.
ELVPHD personnel are making themselves available at numerous agricultural events in the area and are also providing public screening events at agricultural businesses and farming operations in the four counties it serves.
400 screenings to date
Sarah Reigle, a Public Health Nurse with ELVPHD, and Melissa Nelsen, Health Educator, were in West Point Tuesday. Reigle was sticking fingers to draw blood.
She said the department has done more than 400 screenings since January. ELVPHD has been at nearly 50 events in the past two and a half months.
Screenings consist of a finger stick method for the blood draw with results in approximately 5 minutes.
Weight and blood pressure are also checked.
The blood tests are for cholesterol levels, HDL, LDL, triglyceride and glucose.
The staff will also take time to talk with those tested about what their numbers mean and ways they can improve the numbers if needed.
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