For release: May 31, 2013|
Amy Kilgore 330.344.6014, KilgorA@ccf.org
Kelly Ward-Smith 330.344.1681, WardSmK@ccf.org
Elevated cholesterol is a risk for many Americans. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the average total cholesterol level for adult Americans is about 200 mg/dL, which is borderline high risk, and one in three adults has high cholesterol. Even though cholesterol is an important part of a healthy body, when you have more of the waxy, fat-like substance in your blood that your body needs, it can build up on the walls of your arteries and lead to heart disease and stroke. There are no symptoms of high cholesterol, which is why it’s important for everyone to know their cholesterol levels.
Heel bone density screenings determine your risk for developing osteoporosis — a disease that weakens the bones and makes them more likely to break. The painless test makes it possible to know your risk of breaking bones before the fact. Early treatment helps to prevent possible future bone fractures.
Blood glucose screenings measure the amount of glucose, or sugar, in your body. It is one of the most essential tools for detecting diabetes. As there are few symptoms in the early stages of development, diabetes can go undiagnosed for years, while rising blood glucose levels damage the body. Early detection and intervention can help increase control of the disease and reduce life-threatening complications such as cardiovascular disease.
Akron General Wellness Services offers regularly scheduled low-cost bone, glucose and cholesterol screenings throughout the community, including the following dates:
*Bone density screenings are provided on indicated Saturdays only.
- June 4 and 15*, 8-11 a.m., Akron General Health & Wellness – North, 4300 Allen Road, Stow
- June 8* and 25, 8-11 a.m., Akron General Health & Wellness – Green, 1940 Town Park Boulevard, Uniontown
- June 11 and 22*, 8-11 a.m., Akron General Health & Wellness – West, 4125 Medina Road, Montrose
To measure LDL cholesterol and triglycerides, be sure to fast for at least twelve hours. No appointments required. Free parking is provided. Cholesterol and blood glucose screenings are done by a finger-stick test. The bone density screening is a fast, painless ultrasound. Please call 330-665-8095 with questions. A schedule with complete dates, times and locations is available at the front desk of each of the Wellness Centers or at www.akrongeneral.org.
About Akron General Health System
Akron General Health System is a not-for-profit health care organization with the mission of improving the health and lives of the people and communities it serves. Akron General Health System includes: Akron General Medical Center, a 532-registered-bed teaching and research medical center, and Edwin Shaw Rehabilitation Institute, the area’s largest provider of rehabilitation services; Akron General Partners, which includes Partners Physician Group, the Akron General Health & Wellness Centers, Lodi Community Hospital, Community Health Centers and other companies; Akron General Community Health Ventures, which includes Visiting Nurse Service and Affiliates, the largest and most comprehensive provider of home healthcare services in Ohio; and Akron General Foundation. Recently, U.S. News & World Report ranked Akron General Medical Center as the seventh best hospital in Ohio. In 2013, the American Nurses Association bestowed the prestigious “Magnet” status on the more that 1,000 nurses from Akron General Medical Center, Edwin Shaw Rehabilitation Institute and the Health System’s Health & Wellness Centers. For more information about Akron General Health System, visit www.akrongeneral.org.