Cholesterol. Glucose. Blood pressure. BMI.
We hear those words frequently. Sometimes, it’s a character on a
television program struggling with a health problem. Perhaps it’s
on the six o’clock news in a story featuring the latest fad or trend
in dieting. Or maybe, it’s at a doctor’s appointment for yourself.
The numbers we hear can stop us in our tracks – and if we’re
not careful, they may stop us permanently. They cause us to ask ourselves,
“What are my health numbers? Am I at risk? What can I do to make
sure I don’t end up being part of a statistic?” Thanks to
the Iredell Wellness & Diabetes Center, a division of Iredell Health
System, those questions can be answered, free of charge.
On Wednesday, May 4, Iredell Health System will host “Know Your Numbers”
at the Statesville YMCA Youth Center. During the event, nurses will administer
a variety of lab tests, including total cholesterol, HDL cholesterol,
LDL cholesterol, cholesterol ratio, triglycerides, and glucose lab tests.
There will also be blood pressure screenings, waist circumference measurements,
and stroke assessments.
“This is a great opportunity to raise awareness in our community
about risk factors for chronic health conditions like heart disease, diabetes,
and stroke,” said Misty Kerr, RN and manager of the Iredell Wellness
& Diabetes Center. “It also will emphasize the importance of
exercise and a healthy diet. This event will help individuals assess their
risk and develop a plan of action to make lifestyle changes that will
help improve their health and quality of life. It’s all about supporting
our community on their journey of living a healthy life.”
Knowing your health numbers is important because they can be key indicators
of your risk for developing serious illnesses, such as heart disease and
diabetes. Individuals who are aware of
what their health numbers are can make changes in their lives to improve
their health and reduce their risk.
“The good news is that many of these are controllable risk factors,”
said Elaine Hendershot, employee and corporate wellness nurse at Iredell
Memorial Hospital. “A heart healthy diet, moderate regular exercise,
and maintaining a healthy weight can all lower your risk of stroke and
However, Kerr said, just because you think you’re healthy, doesn’t
mean you aren’t at risk, and you should still have your numbers checked.
“Everyone should learn their health numbers and follow-up with their
primary care physician to review those numbers,” she said. “Ultimately,
knowing your numbers now can empower you to make positive behavior changes
that can help you avoid serious illnesses and diseases in the future.”
“Know Your Numbers” will begin at 7:00 am and will conclude
at 10:30 am. Appointments are required. For more information or to schedule
your appointment, call 704-878-4550. The Statesville YMCA is located at
828 Wesley Drive, Statesville.