Elizabethtown Community Hospital to offer annual hunter screening

— Local sportsmen will have the chance again this year to check their physical health before hitting the woods at Elizabethtown Community Hospital.

The annual Hunters’ Health Screening will take place at ECH on Wednesday, Sept. 28 from 4 to 6 p.m.

“Traditionally, men in general are a group of people that will try and put off going to the doctor,” Jane Hooper, director of community relations at ECH, said. “We want to make sure that people in our community are healthy, especially when they are going to be alone or separated from their party out in the woods, and hauling deer around or heavy equipment.”

Hooper said that the event helps to make people more responsible for their health, with the free health screening allowing sportsmen the opportunity to have a physical that will assess their overall health before they set out. Results will be reviewed by a physician that evening, and an opportunity for consultation will follow.

The physical will include blood pressure, glucose, cholesterol and oxygen levels assessments, vision, height and weight checks, and an EKG reading.

A team of nurses and lab staff, led by Dr. Moisan, will conduct the health screening.

Hooper said, along with the health screening, there will also be chances for sportsmen to learn about the new season and tell their own stories.

“There will be displays and people on hand to talk about the season,” Hooper said. “It’s a chance for hunters to get together and tell their stories and have a check up while they are doing that.”

A representative from the state Department of Environmental Conservation will be on hand to answer questions in regard to laws and regulations, along with local authors, safety instructors and hunting experts.

“We want to give them information about being outside,” Hooper said. “We want to make the event as comprehensive as we can.”

For more information, contact Hooper at 873-3003.

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