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Free health screenings at health fair

March 05, 2007|by TIFFANY ARNOLD

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Waynesboro Hospital will offer free health screenings Saturday, March 10, during its 24th annual health fair.

The event, at Waynesboro Area Senior High School, usually attracts 1,700 to 2,000 people each year.

Hospital employees will screen for bone density, vision, hearing, body fat, blood pressure and stroke. The hospital also will offer free screenings for cholesterol, anemia and diabetes.

Hospital officials say the health screenings are key to preventing chronic disease.

"They are all preventative measures," said Melissa Dubrow, manager of the hospital's laboratory services.

Heart disease, stroke and cancer are the leading causes of death in the U.S., according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Compared with average national figures, Pennsylvania has a higher mortality rate for these diseases, according to CDC data.

For example, roughly one out of every three Pennsylvanians die of heart disease. Nationally, the figure is closer to one out of every five. Maryland's rates are slightly lower than the national average. West Virginia's rates are slightly higher than Pennsylvania's.

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