Weber-Morgan Health Department is expanding its cancer-screening program for women age 50 to 64 to include more free comprehensive tests for blood pressure, body mass index, cholesterol and glucose testing.
“Heart disease is the number one killer of women,” says Shae Francom, public health nurse with the Weber-Morgan Health Department. “We can treat blood pressure and high cholesterol, but a heart attack causes permanent damage, and that is what this program offers women; knowledge and skills to keep that from happening.”
Participants receive a breast exam, pap smear, voucher for a free mammogram and physician referral if needed. They can also opt for a lifestyle component aimed at preventing or delaying cardiovascular and other chronic diseases.
“We educate them on blood values and what they mean to their health,” Francom says. “Then we help them set goals and help them learn about nutrition and healthy lifestyle changes they can make to reduce their risk for chronic disease.”
Known as the “BeWise Program,” the services will be offered in the Nursing Clinic at the Weber-Morgan Health Department, 447 23rd Street in downtown Ogden. Participants must be residents of Weber or Morgan County. Eligibility is based on age, family size and income. Call the clinic for details 801-399-7250 or check the clinic's health screening page.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, at least 200,000 deaths from heart disease and stroke could have been prevented through changes in health habits, such as stopping smoking, more physical activity, and less salt in the diet; community changes to create healthier living spaces, such as safe places to exercise and smoke-free areas; and managing high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes.