The Daily Southerner, Tarboro, NC

September 25, 2013

'Healthy Living' initiative coming to Tarboro


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TARBORO — TARBORO — The North Carolina Farm Bureau’s Healthy Living for a Lifetime initiative will provide free health screenings from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m on Oct. 2 in the Tarboro Walmart parking lot. The Edgecombe County Health Department, Vidant Edgecombe Hospital, Freedom Hill Community Health Center and other organizations are working with the North Carolina Farm Bureau and the Edgecombe County Farm Bureau on the project.

“We look forward to helping our community and supporting our local medical community efforts’ to address the health care needs of our residents. We have a long history of giving back to rural North Carolina and Healthy Living for a Lifetime is just one more way we can help our neighbors.  We hope to see lots of people taking advantage of this great service,” said Tom Porter, Edgecombe County Farm Bureau president.

"This event is a fantastic opportunity for community members to be proactive in their own health and to locate healthcare resources within our community; we are really proud to be participating in this event with our local healthcare partners and NC Farm Bureau.  This event is a great example of how Edgecombe County organizations work together to serve citizens of Edgecombe County," said Edgecombe County Health Department director Karen Lachapelle.

Healthy Living for a Lifetime is an innovative approach to addressing the immediate healthcare needs of rural North Carolinians while fostering awareness of healthy lifestyle choices that will result in long-term health improvements among vulnerable populations. Using a 50-foot state-of-the-art mobile health screening unit, the initiative will provide rural North Carolinians with free health screenings, educational materials, and a path towards a healthier lifestyle. The unit is handicap accessible.

The North Carolina Farm Bureau’s Healthy Living for a Lifetime mobile unit will be equipped for the following screenings: cholesterol, blood glucose, blood pressure, body mass index, bone density and vascular ultrasound.

Fasting for eight hours is recommended but not required.

The event is open to the public and no appointment is necessary. For more information, call (919) 706-4159 or visit www.healthylivingforalifetime.com.