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Farm Bureau offers health screenings

LTN Staff Report

The North Carolina Farm Bureau’s “Healthy Living for a Lifetime” initiative will provide free health screenings in Lincolnton today.

From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., the screenings will be offered in the Lincoln County Department of Social Services parking lot as part of an effort led by HealthNet Lincoln, the Lincoln County Health Department, Lincoln County DSS, Carolinas Medical Center-Lincoln, Helping Hands Health Center, United Way of Lincoln County, Community Care of N.C., as well as the North Carolina Farm Bureau and the Lincoln County Farm Bureau.

“During tough economic times, we wanted to give back to our neighbors that help make the Lincoln County Farm Bureau a great organization,” said Jerry Wyant, president of the Lincoln County Farm Bureau, in a press release. “We are excited to partner with local health care organizations and offer free health screenings to our community this month. We have a long history of giving back to our community and Healthy Living for a Lifetime is another way we can show our appreciation.”

Healthy Living for a Lifetime is an approach to address the immediate health care needs of rural North Carolinians, while also fostering awareness of healthy lifestyle choices that will result in long-term health improvements among vulnerable populations. Using a 50-foot, state-of-the-art mobile health-screening unit, the initiative will provide rural North Carolinians with free health screenings, educational materials and a path toward a healthier lifestyle.

The unit is handicap accessible and will be equipped for the following screenings: cholesterol, blood glucose, blood pressure, body mass index, bone density and hemoglobin A1c. There will also be organizations from throughout the community to provide local resources to attendees.

“We are excited to partner with the Lincoln County Farm Bureau and North Carolina Farm Bureau for this event,” Donna Grissom, program director of HealthNet Lincoln, said in the release. “Lincoln County residents will have an opportunity to learn more about their health status and about the wonderful health and human services organizations in Lincoln County.”

The event is open to the public, with no appointment necessary. For more information, call (919) 706-4159 or visitwww.healthylivingforalifetime.com.

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