Shhh ... don’t spread this around, but there’s a little-known secret in Pine.
For the past three years, Dr. Lisa York’s Pine-Strawberry Clinic has sponsored a health fair as a community service event.
Attendees were able to get a comprehensive blood test including thyroid, blood count, cholesterol, calcium, glucose, potassium, total protein, sodium and a host of other blood tests for under $100.
At the same time, people could get their blood pressure checked, oxygen readings, and pulse taken while talking to health care professionals about their well-being.All with no appointment necessary.
This year, Dr. York’s office decided to piggyback on the Mountain Dayz and Fire on the Rim bike race events.
On Saturday, the Community Center had tables representing Walgreens and the Safeway pharmacies, Rim Country Health, Payson Care, and Rainbow Acres Adult Assisted Living facilities, Southwest Behavioral Health, the Community Prevention Council, Gila County Health Department, Hospice, Children’s ID, ASH smoker’s hotline, and Shiranda Deerwater, alternative health.
The event represented a cornucopia of health information.
At the Safeway Pharmacy table, Pharmacy Manager Shanna Christensen shared information on Zotavax, the anti-shingles vaccination.
The Safeway crew also alerted parents to a change in the law allowing pharmacies to immunize children for the flu season.
All the other tables had brochures and helpful staff to answer any questions.
York sat at her own table, stethoscope and blood pressure cuff at the ready, waiting for people to seek advice.
“This event is an opportunity for people to come in and check on their health. We’re planning on doing this next year,” said York.