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Well and Good: Come to the Health Fair!

Doctors preach frequent screenings for certain diseases for a reason: Early detection is  often the best way to control potentially life-threatening diseases like diabetes and heart disease.

In fact, early detection of Type 2 diabetes, coupled with lifestyle changes and treatment, can sharply decrease the risks of developing more serious complications from the disease. And monitoring your cholesterol levels is important, because high cholesterol levels in your blood can be a major risk factor in developing heart disease or stroke. Yet, cholesterol is one of the risk factors that most people can control through diet, exercise and, if necessary, medication.

That’s why we at FRESH encourage you to pay attention to your health by going in for regular screenings. To make it easier, we’re sponsoring a health fair this weekend. We’re offering FREE glucose and cholesterol screenings, plus free nutrition classes to help you get on track with healthier eating habits.

Glucose and cholesterol screenings: Type 2 diabetes is one of the fastest growing diseases among the U.S. population, yet the illness often goes undetected in its early stages because some symptoms seem so benign. (Feeling hungrier or more tired than usual, or having blurry vision, for instance, are early warning signs that often go unnoticed.)

Monitoring your cholesterol is an important first step in staying heart-healthy, and it’s especially important for those who are middle-aged and older, or who have a family history of heart disease, stroke or high blood pressure. For our free screenings, we’ll measure total glucose and total cholesterol levels. At the conclusion of the test, you’ll receive a card printed with your results, so you can review them with your own physician if you like. Friday: 5-7 p.m.; Saturday: 11 a.m.- 2 p.m.; Sunday: 2-4 p.m. at the FRESH Pharmacy

Nutrition classes: Eating right is one of the best ways to control many conditions – and can even help prevent them in the first place! But it can be confusing, trying to navigate all the nutrition info out there, and keep up with recent studies. Our team will simplify it for you with easy-to-understand facts about high-fiber, low-fat and heart-healthy cooking – and we’ll give you some great, easy ideas for working a new style of eating into your lifestyle. Saturday: 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.