Greenville Regional Hospital will present Health Fair 2012 Friday, March 16th from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Greenville First United Methodist Church, located at 310 South Second Street.

This year marks the thirty-second year for the Greenville Regional Hospital Health Fair, an event many consider to be one of the finest in the St. Louis metropolitan area.

Over 40 national, state, and local organizations and exhibitors will be participating.

Fourteen free health tests, an optional low-cost comprehensive blood test, a combination comprehensive and prostate specific antigen (PSA) blood test, a hemoglobin A1C blood test, Vitamin D blood testing, and a wide variety of health information will be available at the health fair.

Childcare services will be provided by hospital volunteers.

A comprehensive blood test, which includes a complete blood chemistry, a cardiac risk profile, an anemia test, a complete blood count, tests for kidney and liver diseases as well as other illnesses, and a thyroid test, will be offered for $35 at the health fair. The comprehensive blood test normally costs $1,407, a savings of 98 percent.

Many health fair participants have learned of personal health problems by taking the comprehensive blood test. Several individuals credit the health fair comprehensive blood test with saving their lives by detecting illnesses and diseas¬es the individuals were not aware of.

It is recommended that the comprehensive blood test be taken annually. Participants must be 18 years of age or older to take the blood test offered at the health fair.

A special price of only $45 will be charged for men wanting both the comprehensive blood test and the Prostate-Specific Antigen blood test. This combined test normally costs $1,521, a savings of 97 percent.

The American Cancer Society recommends that men should receive the PSA test annually, beginning at age 50. Men at high risk, however, should begin testing at age 45. Men at high risk include African Americans and men who have a close relative who had prostate cancer before age 65. Men at even higher risk, or those with several close relatives with prostate cancer at an early age, could begin testing at age 40. Depending on the results of the first tests, they might not need more testing until age 45.

Greenville Regional Hospital will offer a hemoglobin A1C blood test at the Health Fair. This test measures the long-term control of glucose for diabetics, and is available with or without the comprehensive testing for $10. The actual value of the A1C test is $114.

Vitamin D testing will be available at the Greenville Regional Hospital Health Fair. The test, normally valued at $193, will be available at Health Fair 2011 for $15.

Vitamin D testing will assess if a patient has a Vitamin D deficiency, or, if the individual is receiving Vitamin D therapy, it will help determine if their supplementation level is appropriate.

Pre-registration for Health Fair 2012 will begin Monday, March 5th at seven locations throughout Bond County. Pre-registration will be held in Greenville on March 5th at the First United Methodist Church, 310 South Second St., from 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. and at First Bank, 200 West Main St., from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Pre-registration will be held on March 5th and March 9th at National Bank in Keyesport from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Pre-registration will be held on March 5th, 9th, and 12th at the Pocahontas Village Hall, 101 West Kavanaugh Street, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; at the Mulberry Grove Fire House, 1897 IL Rt. 40, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and at the Sorento Municipal Center, 105 East Taylor St., from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Pre-registration will be held daily, Monday through Friday, March 7th through the 16th, from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. at the Bond County Senior Center in Greenville.

While pre-registration is not a requirement, it is necessary for individuals planning to receive a blood test prior to 2:30 p.m. Those who have not pre-registered for a blood test will be accepted after 2:30 p.m. Those who have not pre-registered, however, may take the free health tests and visit the booths and displays at any time throughout the day.

Health fair tests conducted free of charge include: cataract screening, hearing, vision, glaucoma, body fat composition screening, pulmonary function, and oral health screening. Video ear inspections and hand grip-strength testing will be performed. Height, weight, and blood pressure readings will also be taken. Digital foot scans and spinal muscle tension testing will also be available for free at the health fair.

Bone density testing will be provided at a cost of $5.

In-home colon-rectal hemocult test kits will be offered at the health fair for $5. This test is designed to test for the presence of blood in a stool specimen, which can be an early sign of colon cancer or other diseases. Individuals over 40 years should conduct the test annually, or as often as recommended by a physician.

Other information and services provided during Health Fair 2012 include free child-safety gun locks and child fingerprinting, performed by the Greenville Police Department; free therapeutic shoulder mini-massages; the collection of used eye glasses for the Greenville Lions Club; information on living wills and durable power of attorney for health care, presented by representatives of Greenville Regional Hospital and Fair Oaks; and a demonstration of the Lifeline In-Home Emergency Response Sytem, also provided by Greenville Regional Hospital.

For more information on Health Fair 2012 please contact Greenville Regional Hospital Health Fair Information Representative Melissa Stricker at 618.664.1230, x3060 or