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Homewood Rotary, Ingalls fine tune ‘head to toe’ health

Dr. Gary Nordbrock (background) Homewood chiropractor listens as health fair participant asks questions last year’s Family Health Fair co-sponsored by

Dr. Gary Nordbrock (in background), Homewood chiropractor, listens as a health fair participant asks questions at last year’s Family Health Fair co-sponsored by Ingalls Health System and the Homewood Rotary Club. | Supplied photo

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Updated: May 28, 2013 5:45PM



Ingalls Health System and the Homewood Rotary will offer “head to toe” screenings at the 30th annual free Family Health Fair April 28.

“It was a very small effort in the first year, mostly informational,” Susan Fine, Ingalls’ marketing communications director, said. “We started growing from there.”

Fine said about 1,000 people from all over the Chicago area visit the free event each year, a sign that the co-sponsors’ attempt to “be just a little different, just a little better” is working.

The event offers more than 30 free screenings and services, including allergy testing, mini-stress massages and vision and hearing tests.

Blood tests include lipid profiles and full blood tests that may detect diabetes or thyroid issues.

The fair offers cancer screenings for breast and skin cancer, and prostate screening for men not enrolled in Medicare is available.

An important addition this year is free stroke screening, a non-invasive proactive procedure.

“It’s a new way to do stroke scanning,” Fine said. “We can take an ultrasound of the carotid artery to see if there is blockage. We’re really excited about this new feature.”

Fine said all the screenings are potentially life-saving and most are free or have a minimal charge, such as the $10 charge for a full lipid profile, which requires a 12-hour fast.

Fine said the fair’s “clinically superior” EKG screening offers people 30 and older more than just a reading. Ten cardiac stations are available after the test so patients can discuss the factors that led to their results with medical personnel.

Roger Molski, of Flossmoor, said there’s no downside to participating.

“It can’t get any better,” Molski said. “I’ve been attending as long as it’s been going on and I’ve been very impressed with the organization and the high quality of the professional help.”

Molski knows first-hand the benefits of a health fair. He said his father’s life was changed when a health fair screening he attended in Michigan revealed a serious kidney condition, a potentially life-saving discovery.

Molski said the event also benefits those who may not see their doctors regularly because of finances or time restrictions since everything is in one place and most screenings are free or have a minimal cost.

“You’d think with what they offer, there’d be 10,000 people there,” Molski said.

Fine said the fair’s staff of 225 volunteers from Ingalls — many of them medical personnel — have been able to handle the growing numbers and welcome more participants because every attempt is made to keep lines moving and “tweaking things” from year to year so the health needs of everyone can be met.

Fine said the cooperative efforts of the Homewood Rotary and Ingalls’ staff have made the event “a finely tuned machine at this point.”

Dr. Gary Nordbrock, of Nordbrock Chiropractic in Homewood, said the fair is about prevention, too. As a member of the Homewood Rotary and the longest-attending professional participant of the fair, Nordbrock knows a checkup can make a difference.

“We want to catch things early and point people in the right direction,” Nordbrock said. “If we can get a person doing the right things early and help prevent something down the road, that’s what it’s all about.”

The fair will be 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at James Hart School, 183rd Street and Aberdeen Road, in Homewood.

Advance registration is at www.Ingalls.org/HealthFair. However, advance registration is not required.

More information is at (800) 221-2199.



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