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What's your disease risk?

Tuesday, 5th March, 2013

Far West Local Health District staff (from left) Nutrition Assistant Stacey Evers, Community Dietitian Heidi Drenkhahn and Diabetes Educator Carrie Burns. Far West Local Health District staff (from left) Nutrition Assistant Stacey Evers, Community Dietitian Heidi Drenkhahn and Diabetes Educator Carrie Burns.

By Gayle Ball

Everyone is being encouraged to keep an eye on their chronic disease risk factors by attending free monthly screening clinics.

The Broken Hill Health Service will provide checks of blood pressure, blood sugar levels, Body Mass Index (BMI) and waist circumference as part of the new chronic disease prevention group.

Far West Local Health District Community Dietitian, Heidi Drenkhahn, said the group was designed to help people recognise chronic disease risks such as high blood pressure, elevated blood sugars, obesity and cigarette smoking which can lead to kidney disease or failure and stroke.

A diabetes educator, dietitian and renal nurse consultant would be available to the group every month to give advice.

"The group is not a substitute for regular GP follow-up, rather an opportunity to monitor risk factors and get advice in between your GP visits," Ms Drenkhahn said.

"In fact, the clinicians from the prevention group will liaise with your GP to inform them of results and ensure continuity of care."

The first meeting will be held on Wednesday at 11am at the Allied Health Department at the hospital.

It will be held on the first Wednesday of every month at the same time and place.

Ms Drenkhahn encouraged anyone who wanted to keep an eye on their health, especially those with a family history of chronic disease, to attend the meetings.

For more information contact Heidi Drenkhahn on 8080 1397.

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