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January 14, 2014

ORMC: Community health fair Jan. 18

MILLEDGEVILLE — A community health fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, at Flagg Chapel Baptist Church, 400 W. Franklin St., in Milledgeville. This health fair is a collaborative effort between Oconee Regional Medical Center, Baldwin County's Family Connection, Family Medical of Milledgeville and Live Healthy Baldwin.

This event will include free screenings for:

  • hearing from the Lighthouse Foundation, who provide hearing aid assistance and hearing loss education and awareness to Georgians.
  • vision in which patients are given a questionnaire related to their visual health. This assessment asks questions specifically related to medical history, age, race, and the last time the patient saw an eye doctor. After the patient answers the risk assessment form, patients are then given a vision test for near sighted problems and far sighted issues. If a patient scores 20/50 or higher on the vision test, then they fail the visual acuity screening.
  • dental with the Colgate Bright Smiles, Bright Futures Bus. Colgate's mobile dental bus features friendly visuals to help create a fun and less intimidating ‘screening experience.’ With two child-sized dental chairs aboard, Colgate's Bright Smiles, Bright Futures screens two children at a time, with the average screening lasting approximately two minutes. With the support of our volunteer dental professionals, children ranging in 3 to 12 years of age all receive free dental check-ups, treatment referrals (if needed), and learning materials that include a tube of Colgate kid's toothpaste, a Colgate kid's toothbrush and brushing instructions. For children who are in need of treatment or who do not have a dentist, referrals are made so they can visit a dentist in their area and take care of any issues to maintain a healthy mouth.
  • bone density, with an ultrasound that is simple, convenient and practical. This safe, radiation-free screening provides precise quantitative assessment of skeletal status and is useful in identifying patients at risk of developing osteoporosis. The portable, easy-to-use screening gives results in less than a minute, measuring a patient's bone mineral density, based on an ultrasound measurement of the heel bone, the preferred peripheral site proven in numerous studies to predict fracture risk.
  • blood pressure
  • blood sugar

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