Hospital Offers Mobile Health Screenings

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COLUMBIA - A Boone Hospital mobile unit called "Know Your Numbers" conducted free health screenings Thursday. The unit was a gift from the Boone Hospital Foundation and Board of Trustees that travels the Boone County area to give free health screenings. The screenings are paid for by charitable donations made to Boone Hospital.

Mobile unit nurses test your total cholesterol, blood glucose, triglycerides, HDL, LDL, blood pressure, and perform a body composition analysis.

"The main goal of the truck is to catch signs of heart disease early on and to do that we make it really easy for the public to come and get screened for free," said Health Education Specialist, Pamela Jones.

Jones said the truck is much more popular this year than it was when they began the screenings three years ago. She said people like the convenience of the mobile unit and how quickly test results are calculated.

When someone arrives for a screening they go through each of the three rooms in the mobile unit. First they'll step on a scale to get their body mass index calculations, get their finger pricked for blood results, and finally talk to a nurse about their results.

"Several years ago we caught a woman with some abnormally high numbers at the health screening so we brought her in right away and she went through heart surgery four days later. Catching stuff early can make all the difference," said Jones.

The truck serves roughly 15,000 people a year and the number is rising. To find out where the next public screening will be, click here.

[Editor's note: This story has been edited to correct the number of people the truck serves per year.]