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Mercy to Offer Cholesterol Screening for Children
Start Date
01/23/2012
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Health care professionals across the United States are sounding the alarm about the dramatic increase in childhood obesity rates. In an effort to slow down that trend, many doctors are looking for ways to intervene before multiple health complications confront that child.

Citing a recent study and recommendation by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI), Mercy’s Business Health and Urgent Care Clinic is conducting cholesterol screenings for children on Saturday, February 11 beginning at 8 a.m. The Mercy Business Health and Urgent Care Clinic is located at 3500 Singing Hills Boulevard. Appointments are necessary and may be made by calling the Mercy Clinic at 712-274-4273 or via e-mail clarkce@mercyhealth.com. NHLBI officials indicate the cholesterol screenings are appropriate for children age 9 and above.

The study by the NHLBI reported that children should first have their cholesterol checked between the ages of 9 and 11 and then again between the ages of 17 and 21. Earlier guidelines recommended screening only children with a family history of high cholesterol or early heart disease. The new study, however, discovered that some children were being overlooked with these guidelines. That, and the growing number of American children who are overweight or obese, could be on track to develop type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and other health problems later in life.

Mercy Internal Medicine and Pediatrics physician Dr. Steven Joyce says the screenings make sense for children who may have some risk factors. “The American Academy of Pediatrics supports these new guidelines and I agree with their recommendation,” said Dr. Joyce. “If we can proactively intervene we may be able to get out in front of what could be a threatening health risk for a child.”

The February 11 event will screen for non-fasting total cholesterol, HDL and LDL cholesterol, blood sugar and triglycerides with a simple fingerstick. Participants and their parents or guardians will also receive a consultation about their results from a qualified Mercy health care professional. Adults are encouraged to participate as well. The cost of the screening is only $25 and payment can be made with cash or check only. Insurance will not be accepted.

To schedule an appointment, please call 712-274-4273 or e-mail clarkce@mercyhealth.com.

For more information, contact:
Jim Wharton, Vice President of Marketing and Business Development (712) 279-2732
Dianne Krier, Mercy Marketing and Communications Coordinator (712) 279-5682
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