Checking her health numbers periodically is important to Marian Thompson since she had a stroke last year.
According to the Gary resident, she can’t visit her doctor each month, so the next best thing is to attend health events where free screenings are offered. A stop at the recent Spring Community Health Fair at Methodist Hospital Southlake in Merrillville fit right into her schedule.
“The employees are so thorough, I feel like I’m at the doctor’s,” she said, as she waited for a cholesterol check. “Things like this fair are heaven-sent since we all need to know how our bodies are working but can’t afford to have tests all the time.”
Blood tests included Blood Glucose, Cholesterol, HDL, and PSA for men.
Stroke risk assessments and foot screenings also were on the agenda.
“I always worked two jobs, so I never made a lot of time to go to the doctor when I had a problem,” said Gina Gordon, of Merrillville, as she checked in for her blood tests. “Now that I’m retired – and getting older – you better believe I’m going to take better care of myself. I want to be around for my grandchildren.”
Also during the event, Hospital chef manager Tiffany whipped up healthy smoothies for visitors. Surrounding her large blender on the table were various, very colorful, fresh fruit selections.
“This is such a treat, I wasn’t expecting this,” said Mona Hernandez of Munster, as she tasted her smoothie. “I’m here with my mother, Delores, and I signed her up for all of the screenings.”
Mom hadn’t been to a Health Fair in a while, so she was appreciative of the opportunity to check her health numbers.
“Any preventative tips are important,” Delores said, while also tasting her freshly-made smoothie. “I want to stay in good health and it’s interesting to discuss new things.”
Sue Ellen Ross is a freelance reporter for the Post-Tribune.