The Dixie Regional LiVe Well Health Expo will take place Saturday, March 1, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Dixie Regional Health & Performance Center, 652 South Medical Center Drive, (east of the River Road hospital).
“There is no admission charge for the expo, although some of the screenings do have a small fee to cover the cost of testing,” said Caitlyn Brooksby, hospital event coordinator. “The health expo is offered so people can discover more about their personal health.” To help keep lines down the day of the fair, fees for the blood tests may be paid by cash, check or charge at the hospital cashier’s office during regular business hours on weekdays. Many family friendly services will be included in the expo this year, including a Teddy Bear Clinic.
Children can bring their favorite doll or teddy bear and help nurses with routine check-up procedures. The Teddy Bear Clinic shows children that the hospital and the doctor’s office are caring places where they can receive comfort when they are sick. The Teddy Bear Clinic will be from 10 a.m to 1 p.m. There will also be a Wii Fit, bounce house, obstacle course and many more children-friendly activities. Children can also tour a fire truck and ambulance outside of the Health & Performance Center.
In addition the Health Department will be hosting car seat check in the parking lot near the Health & Performance Center.
The LiVe Well Bike Rodeo, sponsored by the LiVe Well Cycling Club will also be held in the parking lot. The LiVe Well Cycling Club is a new club in the St. George Area, with a great reputation of service and fitness in northern Utah. The bike rodeo will begin at 10 a.m. and free youth helmets will be given away to the first 100 participants
Other screenings and assessments that will be administered by health care professionals at the fair include:
- body composition analysis
- blood pressure and blood glucose testing
- complete metabolic profile ($26 additional fee)
- colorectal kits ($3)
- foot & ankle screening
- cataracts and glaucoma checks
- painful joint screening (including arthritis)
- nutritional counseling
- osteoporosis screening
- dizziness testing
- hearing testing
- pediatric developmental screening
- oximetry reading
- prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood test ($20 additional fee)
- RESEP Clinic counsel for Downwinders
- skin cancer screening
- speech services
- stroke assessment
- wound consultations
- lipid panel/cholesterol breakdown ($26 additional fee -- fast for at least 8 hours prior)
Other informational booth hosts include the physician referral program, Active Aging Services, Dixie Regional Volunteer Services, and Southwest Utah Public Health Department, family medicine, genetics counseling and lactation services.
This year, individuals can get medication interaction checks at the LiVe Well Learning Hub located on the first level. Individuals can bring in the name of their medications and Pamella Asquith, Medical Librarian and Community Health Information Specialist, will run the check through a database. “If a person takes certain medications, it may increase or decrease the potency of another one and this limits the clinical usage of a medication,” said Asquith. “Running a drug interaction check will compare medication to medication as well as the interactions with food and alcohol.”
There will be a number of experts speaking on health topics in the Learning Hub. The schedule:
- 9 a.m. – Kirk Watkins, MD – Sleep Apnea and Sleep Disorders
- 9:30 a.m. – Trevor Smith, Exercise Physiologist – Exercise 101
- 10 a.m. – Pamella Asquith, Medical Librarian & Community Health Information Specialist – Evaluating Health Information on the Internet
- 10:30 a.m. – Julia Frehner – Story Time
- 11 a.m. – Jared Miner, MD – Preventive Guidelines
- Noon – Healthy Cooking Demonstration with recipes and samples
Screenings are offered in the public concourses of the Health & Performance Center (all levels). “The LiVe Well Health Expo would not be possible without the dedicated people who volunteer their time to staff the screenings,” Brooksby said. “They put in a lot of work and we’re thankful for their efforts.”