February 25th, 2010

Great River Medical Center will offer a half-day health and wellness educational fair from 7:30 a.m. to noon, Saturday, March 13, in the Blackhawk Room and Mercy Plaza Lobby, 1225 S. Gear Ave., West Burlington. Participants should park in the Mercy Plaza lot.

Program topics and speakers are:

  • 8:30 to 9:15 a.m. - Healthy Living and Weight Management, Michael AbouAssaly, M.D., Burlington Area Family Practice Center
  • 9:15 to 10 a.m. - Diabetes Management and Health Risk Reduction, Luzcel Tuazon, M.D., Great River Medicine Specialists
  • 10 to 10:30 a.m. - Break/Displays
  • 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. - Cardiac Disease Prevention and Management, Mark Woodard, D.O., Great River Heart and Vascular Center
  • 11:15 to Noon - Stroke Prevention and Management, Anil Dhuna, M.D., Great River Sleep Disorder Center and Inpatient Rehabilitation Program

Educational exhibits include:

  • Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation
  • Colon health
  • Diabetes
  • Emergency Department - personal health records
  • Great River Health Fitness
  • Great River Healthy Living Clinic - Operation Transformation (educational, meal-plan and personal-training program)
  • Great River Heart and Vascular Center
  • Great River Medical Center Library
  • Great River Sleep Disorders Center
  • Heritage Medical Equipment and Supplies
  • Hy-Vee - food samples and preparation demonstrations
  • Renal education
  • Stroke warning signs
  • Total joint replacement and spine health

Free screenings include:

  • Blood pressure
  • Body-fat analysis
  • Bone-density analysis
  • Diabetic foot screening

Lipid profile and glucose screenings will be offered from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. The lipid profile measures total cholesterol, HDL cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, LDL/HDL ratio and triglycerides. The glucose screening measures blood sugar. Fasting for eight to 12 hours is required for accurate test results. Participants may drink water or black coffee and take medicines as scheduled. Results will be mailed in two weeks. Screening cost is $25.

Door prizes are available; winners will be announced at noon (must be present to win). Appointments are not necessary for the lipid profile and glucose screening. To register for the program, please call Great River Medical Center's Corporate Education Department at (319) 768-4070.