If you’re looking for resources and inspiration to get healthy and fit for a longer life, visit the Missoula Health and Wellness Fair!

The event will unite health enthusiasts from across Western Montana. Produced by Marketplace Media and Events, the Health and Wellness Fair will be held on Saturday, October 19, 2019 from 11am to 4pm and is free for the public to attend.

The event celebrates body, mind and spirit with an abundance of health, safety, and wellness resources available in our community.

Attendees are invited to visit the Health and Wellness Fair at the Hilton Garden Inn on North Reserve where they check out exhibitors offering ways to balance and restore the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual areas of their lives through fitness, healthy nutrition and new self-care techniques.

The UM Health Services Pharmacy will be offering Flu, Shingles and TdaP vaccinations to attendees over 12 years of age for a fee. The Health Services Pharmacy, operated by the Skaggs School of Pharmacy, is located in the Curry Health Center. It is staffed by registered pharmacists, who are available five days a week to fill prescriptions, provide excellent counseling and drug information services, and answer any health related questions. The pharmacy also offers a wide array of over-the-counter (OTC) medications at reduced prices.

Flu Vaccination

Flu shot is a yearly vaccine administered to protect against the flu, or influenza. In the United States, flu shots are recommended for everyone ages 6 months and older, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The flu shot is the best way to protect yourself and family from the flu, the CDC says. Strains of the flu virus are constantly changing, so a new flu vaccine is made each year.

Shingles Vaccination

Shingles vaccination is the only way to protect against shingles and postherpetic neuralgia (PHN), the most common complication from shingles. CDC recommends that healthy adults 50 years and older get two doses of the shingles vaccine called Shingrix (recombinant zoster vaccine), separated by 2 to 6 months, to prevent shingles and the complications from the disease.

Tdap Vaccination

Tdap is a combination vaccine that protects against three potentially life-threatening bacterial diseases: tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (whooping cough). Td is a booster vaccine for tetanus and diphtheria. It does not protect against pertussis.

IPHARM will be offering free and low cost screenings. Health care professionals, faculty, and students work together along with community members to provide IPHARM services at a nominal fee to participants. Additionally, the program provides a valuable teaching tool for fourth year pharmacy students as well as nursing, physical therapy, and social work students. This setting provides students with hands on training working directly with patients in real-life professional environments.

A1C Screening

The A1C test is a common blood test used to diagnose type 1 and type 2 diabetes and to monitor how well you’re managing your diabetes. The A1C test goes by many other names, including glycated hemoglobin, glycosylated hemoglobin, hemoglobin A1C and HbA1c. The A1C test result reflects your average blood sugar level for the past two to three months. Specifically, the A1C test measures what percentage of your hemoglobin — a protein in red blood cells that carries oxygen — is coated with sugar (glycated). The higher your A1C level, the poorer your blood sugar control and the higher your risk of diabetes complications.

Cholesterol Screening

Getting your cholesterol levels checked is an important part of staying healthy. High cholesterol increases your risk for heart disease and stroke, two leading causes of death in the United States. Knowing your cholesterol status can help you stay in control of your health. Cholesterol is a waxy substance that your body needs to make hormones and digest fats. Your body makes all the cholesterol it needs, but you can also get cholesterol from eating certain foods, such as egg yolks and fatty meats. Having high blood cholesterol can lead to plaque build-up in the arteries, putting you at risk for heart disease and stroke. High blood cholesterol doesn’t have symptoms, which is why getting your cholesterol levels checked is so important.

Blood Pressure Screening

Blood pressure is one of the most important screenings because high blood pressure usually has no symptoms so it can’t be detected without being measured. High blood pressure greatly increases your risk of heart disease and stroke. If your blood pressure is below 120/80 mm Hg, be sure to get it checked at least once every two years, starting at age 20.

Fall Risk Screening

According to the CDC, more than one third of adults 65 and older fall each year in the United States and 20% to 30% of people who fall suffer moderate to severe injuries. Physical therapists can help in risk reduction and prevention of falls. A screening is a useful tool that is often used to assess senior adults for risk factors for falling and identify the risk factors that warrant further attention. There are many types of assessment tools and they can be completed by a senior adult, a family member, a caregiver or a healthcare provider.

Hearing Screenings

The Hearing Aid Institute will free hearing evaluations and consultations. Hearing loss has many causes, symptoms and effects if left untreated. In fact, millions of Americans of all ages suffer unnecessarily from untreated hearing loss. By visiting the Health and Wellness Fair, you will make the first step to gather information for yourself or a loved one to begin the process of understanding the effects and treatments of hearing loss.

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