Porter Health Care System Offers Free Preventive Wellness Screenings

By: Porter Regional Hospital Last Updated: July 25, 2014

Porter-New-Hospital-Coming-SoonPorter Health Care System will offer bone density and blood pressure, blood sugar, and body mass index screenings in August.

Bone Density
A bone density screening can show low bone mass, revealing your risk for bone-threatening osteoporosis. This screening is performed on the heel of the foot. Participants must be able to remove one sock and shoe. Bone density screenings will be held from 10 a.m. to Noon and 1 to 3 p.m., Tuesday, August 5 at the Portage Public Library, 2665 Irving St in Portage. Screenings will also be held from 8 to 10:30 a.m., Friday, August 15 at the Duneland Family YMCA, 215 Roosevelt St in Chesterton.

Blood Pressure/Blood Sugar/Body Mass Index
A blood sugar screening draws a small amount of blood from the tip of the finger. This screening can reveal elevated glucose in the blood, signaling diabetes or prediabetes. A blood pressure test measures the pressure in the arteries as the heart pumps. This screening can indicate ongoing health conditions including prehypertension, hypertension, hypotension, and heart disease. A body mass index (BMI) takes into account your weight and height to indicate body fat, a more accurate way to tell if you are overweight. These screenings will take place from 8:30 to 11 a.m., Friday, August 8 and from 8 to 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, August 27 at the Duneland Family YMCA, 215 Roosevelt St in Chesterton.

Porter Health Care System’s screenings are free and no appointment is necessary.

Porter Health Care System has two hospital campuses and seven outpatient facilities serving Porter, Lake, LaPorte, Starke, Newton, Marshall and Jasper counties. With more than 350 physicians representing 50 medical specialties on the medical staff, Porter Health Care System is committed to medical excellence and personalized, patient-centered care.