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Free health checks coming to Sandy

The Oregon Lions mobile health screening program will soon provide free health screenings to the public in vision, hearing, blood pressure, diabetes (with a three-hour fast) and glaucoma.

This is the only free screening program of its kind in Oregon, serving more than 30,000 Oregonians this year - 84 percent children - at more than 300 events in nearly every county in the state.

In Sandy, the health screening will take place in the Lions van from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, May 10, in the parking lot at the Sandy Community Center, 39250 Pioneer Blvd.

The health fair is free, and no registration is required, according to Sandy Event Coordinator Carol Cohen, who said there are other health related activities inside the community center.

The activities and vendor information stations inside include one from Priority Footwear, with products for people with diabetes; Johnny McDonald, a hypnotherapist who helps people asking for control over such things as losing weight or stopping smoking; Mary Conrad, project manager for Comfort Care mobile dental; Adventist Health-Sandy Urgent Care, with information on heart disease and stroke; and the Oregon Telecommunications Relay Service, providing phones for people with limitations such as hearing, vision or Parkinson's disease.

'All my vendors are there for information,' Cohen said. 'They'll answer your questions. This (event) is for education and information.'

TCBY is scheduled to be at the health fair, she said, to distribute free samples of frozen yogurt, and a potluck begins at noon.

For more information, visit the website olshf.org.