Uninsured adults in Ada County who received free health screenings have shown higher risk of diabetes, obesity and dental problems, says a new analysis.
The report by Idaho State University-Meridian looks at the results of a program that offers free screenings from ISU-Meridian Health Sciences Center students and faculty members, with support from Ada County, the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare and Central District Health.
More than 600 adults have been screened since 2010. About 42 percent screened this year were obese, compared with Idaho's overall 27 percent obesity rate. Nearly two-fifths of the adults had high blood pressure, with several at such dangerously high levels that they needed urgent medical care. More than 70 percent needed dental treatment mostly for major tooth decay and broken teeth and about one-sixth had dental emergencies.
Another free screening will be offered next week.
- Day and time: Thursday, April 11, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
- Location: Boys & Girls Club at 610 E. 42nd St., Garden City
- Screenings: Cholesterol, HIV, hepatitis C, hearing, depression, alcohol use
- Other services: Basic physical exams, blood pressure checks, medication reviews, dental evaluations, flu shots (while supplies last), mammogram referrals, nutrition assessments and recommendations, preventive health education
- No cost, no appointment necessary.
- Screenings take about 90 minutes.
- Call 373-1700 or email healthyU@isu.edu for more information.