WEST FARGO, N.D. – Want to run a quick check-up on your health? According to Emily Grunewald, Big Iron coordinator, services offered this year will range from diabetic screenings to detailed information on preventing a stroke, as well as hearing tests. There will be a small fee charged for some of the screenings, while other services will have no charge.
In addition, information on vocational rehab will be available. These services will be available from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., and will be held in the Horticulture Building, which for the three days of Big Iron will become the Health and Safety Center.
Health by the numbers
The North Dakota State University School of Pharmacy will be offering the following health screening for a small charge, with most screenings taking less than 10 minutes to complete:
- Hemoglobin A1C Screenings, $15
- Hepatitis C Screening, $25
- Cholesterol Screening, $20
- Blood Sugar Screening, $5
- Blood Pressure Screening, free of charge
No fasting is required for any of these screenings, which will be conducted by fourth-year pharmacy students precepted by pharmacists.
In another portion of the building, the Minnesota State University Moorhead (MSUM) Speech-Language-Hearing Department, in partnership with the FM Sertoma Club, will be giving free hearing screenings in a portable audio booth. This is open to both adults and children, and in addition, free information and ear plugs will be available for those taking part in the screening.
The North Dakota Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) Rural Services will also be available to visit with farmers, ranchers and those living in rural communities who are experiencing difficulties doing their job because of permanent injury, illness or impairment. They will have free information on services they may be able to provide through their agency.
Learn about strokes
Finally, Essentia Health and Big Iron have teamed together to form an excellent opportunity for those interested in receiving valuable information regarding the warning signs and how to reduce the risk of having a stroke.
Essentia Health of Fargo recently achieved the designation of a Comprehensive Stroke Center, the first hospital North Dakota to be recognized as such. This means the center is dedicated to providing the community with the best stroke education, prevention and treatment. Stroke is the leading cause of death and disability in the state, however, more than 80 percent of strokes are preventable.