Health fair offers many screenings

OSCEOLA -- Annie Jeffrey Health Center in Osceola will hold its 14th annual health fair from 6:45 a.m.-noon Oct. 3 in the 4-H pavilion at the Polk County Fairgrounds.

The event will offer free and discounted health screening services, including general blood chemistry analysis, cholesterol profile, complete blood cell count, thyroid screening (TSH), diabetes screening (Hemoglobin A1C), vitamin D and prostate specific antigen (PSA) testing. Those wishing to have their blood drawn should fast for at least eight hours, but drink plenty of water and take daily medications as required. Anyone wishing to take advantage of the laboratory screening must bring a legal-sized, self-addressed stamped envelope so the test results can be mailed directly to the participant.

There will also be a skin scope providing free evaluations of cancer causing sun damage and colon cancer screening kits for those 50 years of age and older; free blood pressure checks, body-fat testing and blood typing.

Bryan Health Mobile Screening will be offering a free 30-minute HeartAware risk assessment that includes a free fingerstick cholesterol profile, glucose, blood pressure and BMI calculation from 7:00 a.m.-noon. Call 402-747-2031 to schedule a HeartAware risk assessment.

There will be many exhibits, information booths, door prize drawings and a complimentary continental breakfast.

Walk supports ALS group

NORFOLK -- ALS in the Heartland will hold its annual Norfolk- and Columbus-area walk Sunday at Skyview Lake in Norfolk to help spread awareness and support for those impacted by ALS.

The walk will begin at 2 p.m. with registration at 1 p.m. Registration is free.

ALS in the Heartland is a nonprofit agency that helps provide services including guidance, equipment loans, respite services and transportation reimbursement at no cost to patients. The event will feature refreshments, giveaways and activities. Routes are handicapped-accessible and pet-friendly.

Fundraising forms can be downloaded at www.alsintheheartland.org. Donations can be made online through the website (designating your gift in honor of the “Norfolk Walk”) or send checks to ALS in the Heartland, 1320 S. 119th St., Omaha, NE 68144. All donations are tax-deductible.

For more information, call the ALS in the Heartland office at 402-592-2374.

Household waste collection event

COLUMBUS -- A household hazardous waste collection event will be held 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at Platte County Agricultural Park.

This collection is for residents of Platte County only, no businesses. Acceptable waste materials include oil-based paints, varnishes, stains, poisons, fertilizers, banned materials, insecticides and other lawn materials. Items that will not be accepted include sharps or needles, PCBs, radioactive waste and oil. Latex paint will be accepted with limits.

Call 402-563-9223 for details.

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