It was all about health at the First Presbyterian Church on Sunday, April 19, as parishioners and the general public were invited to the first annual health fair at the church. There were many health-oriented presentations and people were invited to receive a free aortic ultrasound at the event, which ran from noon to 4 p.m.
“We wanted to do something to promote healthy living for the community and thought what better way than to have a health fair which is sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce,” said Lissa Harris, event coordinator for the First Presbyterian Church. “It is free to the community and is a complete community service operation with a variety of sponsors.”
There was a schedule of presentations at the health fair, which included using ultrasounds to detect aortic blockages, facts on the Affordable Care Act, the different parts of Medicare and the benefits of using essential oils in promoting better health.
Dr. Perry Frankel of Advanced Cardiovascular Diagnostics and North Shore-LIJ gave a valuable presentation showing models of cardiac events and live demonstrations of some of the screenings which were offered.
The free screenings included a carotid ultrasound testing to check for blockages and an Ankle Brachial Index Test (ABI) for peripheral artery disease.
“There are many people walking around with aortic blockages and are totally unaware of their condition,” said Frankel. “These are valuable, preventive tests and are a great way for screening for what could be a life altering event.”
Blood pressure testing, mini-acupuncture treatments and free massages were also offered at the health fair.