Hunter screenings set

ELIZABETHTOWN - The annual Hunters Health Screening will take place at Elizabethtown Community Hospital on Tuesday, Sept. 21, 5-7 p.m. This is an opportunity for hunters to receive a basic health evaluation at no cost.

This free health screening will allow hunters the opportunity to have a physical that will assess their overall health before they set out into the woods to tag that trophy buck. Results will be reviewed by a physician that evening; and an opportunity for consultation will follow.

The health clinic will assess blood pressure, glucose, cholesterol and oxygen levels. Hospital staff will also check vision, height and weight, providing an overall health picture. Participants will also have an EKG reading taken, an important test that measures heart health. A team of nurses and lab staff, led by Dr. Moisan, will conduct the health screening.

According to RN Julie Tromblee, basic health evaluations allow physicians an opportunity to uncover physical conditions that can put individuals at risk.

"Considering that hunters are exerting themselves in areas that may be far from home and difficult to access by emergency personnel, it's important that they have a yearly physical to ensure that there are no major health issues that make them vulnerable," she said.

The hospital lobby will be filled with information related to hunting, hunting safety and regulations. A representative from the state Department of Conservation will be on-hand to answer questions in regard to laws and regulations. Local authors, safety instructors and hunting experts will be on-hand to discuss hunting in the local area.

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