If you’re looking for resources and inspiration to get healthy and fit for a longer life, visit the new 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 Skaggs School of Pharmacy will be offering the following screenings:
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.

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