MISSOULA – The University of Montana’s IPHARM program – ImProving Health Among Rural Montanans – and Red Lodge Drug will offer free and low-cost health screenings from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 30, to Red Lodge-area residents. Screenings will be held at 211 N. Broadway Ave. in Red Lodge.
Participants can receive the following tests during the Red Lodge visit:
• Bone density, free: This test checks the health of your bones. It is useful for men and women over age 30. The test uses ultrasound, is painless and requires a bare foot.
• Cholesterol panel, $15: This test requires a 12-hour fast. It takes about 15 minutes and the results include levels for “good” (HDL) and “bad” (LDL) cholesterol, total cholesterol and triglycerides. Participants are asked to drink plenty of water before this test.
• HbAlc, $15: This test checks how well a participant’s blood glucose level has been under control over about three months. Fasting is not required for this test.
Participants will receive their results immediately, and UM faculty members or students will help them understand the results and may recommend follow-up actions with a health care provider, if necessary. Free blood pressure readings also will be provided. Call 406-446-1017 to make an appointment for a screening.
Health care professionals, UM faculty members and students work together with community members to provide IPHARM services at a low cost. The program also serves as a valuable teaching tool for fourth-year pharmacy students, as well as nursing, physical therapy and social work students. IPHARM has traveled more than 115,000 miles, seen more than 15,000 patients and performed more than 21,800 health screenings since 2003.
For more information call Rachael Zins, IPHARM clinical pharmacist, at 406-243-2339 or email email@example.com.
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