WVU Medicine East offers health screenings at cultural and heritage festival

WVU Medicine East will sponsor a community health fair on August 17 as part of the annual Jefferson County African American Cultural and Heritage Festival.

The health fair will be held in the Martin Delaney Opportunity Learning Center, 306 S. Lawrence Street in Charles Town, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.  Free health screenings will include glucose, blood pressure, body fat percentage, body mass index, weight, and finger EKG testing. 

The finger EKG is a new screening that provides a tracing of the heart rhythm to help screen for abnormalities such as Afib and Aflutter, and detects heartbeats that are too fast or too slow.  It is quick, painless, and non-invasive taking about 30 seconds to complete via a smart phone app.

In addition to the free screenings, FIT Kits will be available for purchase at a $25 discounted rate. The FIT (fecal immunochemical test) Kit is an at-home screening tool for colorectal cancer.  The NAACP will be offering a limited number of FIT Kits for free to those who qualify.

Health information on various topics as well as information on WVU Medicine programs and services will also be available.

For more information on the health fair, contact DeJarnett at 304-264-1287, ext. 31814 or dana.dejarnett@wvumedicine.org.