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Great Plains Health to host first Community Get Well Health Fair

Friday, July 21, 2017

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Contact:
Megan Hanson, Marketing Manager
hansonm@gphealth.org
Cell: 402.274.7882
Office: 308.568.7497

North Platte, Neb. – Great Plains Health will hold its first annual Community Get Well Health Fair on September 8 and 9 as part of their GPFit! initiative to improve the overall health of the community.

“We started our GPFit! initiative in 2012 and have since seen the roll out of many successful programs designed to place wellness opportunities in front of people who would like to live a healthier lifestyle,” said Fiona Libsack, Great Plains Health vice president of marketing, communication and education. “The Community Get Well Health Fair will be a nice addition to the GPFit! program list, that includes among others the GPFit! Couch to 5K series, the Healthy Heart Check, Family & Friends CPR, our smoking cessation program and the annual diabetes summit.”

The Community Get Well Health Fair will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sept. 8 & 9 with entrance through the main entrance of the hospital, located on the south side, at 601 W. Leota St., North Platte, Neb. The free-of charge event is open to the public (targeted at the adult population) and will feature low cost lab profiles, a biometrics station, stroke screenings, cardiac risk assessments, depression and anxiety screenings, healthy cooking demonstrations and more.

In addition, attendees will receive education on common chronic illnesses including diabetes, cardiovascular disease, balance disorders, COPD, depression and stroke.

The data clearly shows that Lincoln County is a relatively unhealthy county, said Libsack. “As a health system, we want to do our part to turn that around.” In their 2016 report, County Health Rankings and Roadmaps rated Lincoln County 70th out of 78 counties for overall health outcomes. Adult obesity rates, physical inactivity rates and preventable hospital stays were all higher than both the state and national averages. The occurrence of mammography screenings and diabetes monitoring fell short of both state and national numbers as well. Data from the 2016 Community Health Needs Assessment shows that in comparison to peer counties in Nebraska, Lincoln County (at 30.9 per 100,000) ranked within the least favorable quartile for diabetes deaths between 2005 and 2011, and also ranked above the U.S. median (24.7 per 100,000).

“We believe that with the right information in hand, we can together become a healthier community,” said Libsack.

Members of the community are encouraged to join Great Plains Health on Sept. 8 or Sept. 9 at the Community Get Well Health Fair. “Knowing the status of your own health and taking action to improve it are the first and most important steps toward a healthy lifestyle,” said Libsack.

For more information, please contact Pam Garrick, Great Plains Health CME and community wellness coordinator, at 308.568.7530 or garrickp@gphealth.org.

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