Grand Strand Medical Center January 29, 2018

Myrtle Beach — Grand Strand Health will sponsor its 37th annual health fair on Saturday, February 3 from 8 am - noon at Coastal Grand Mall. The health fair is held the first Saturday in February each year to attract area residents, visitors and snowbirds. More than 6,000 people attended last year's health fair and received an abundance of health information to help them live healthier.

More than 40 medical and healthcare exhibitors will be available with health information and free screenings. Grand Strand Health will offer a panel 30 blood profile plus thyroid for $30 cash or check. The profile includes thyroid, complete cholesterol, total iron, sodium, glucose, calcium, magnesium, protein, potassium and more. Fasting for 12 hours before the screening is required for accurate results; diabetics should bring a snack to eat immediately after the blood draw. The profile is for individuals age 18 and over.

Free screenings will be offered at the health fair including blood pressure, oxygen saturation and vision. Also available for an additional cost is an A1c screening. This screening provides the last three-month's average of a person's blood sugar and is available inside Health_Finders_ for $20 cash or check.

"Our health fair provides a convenient and cost effective way for people to keep track of their health, as well as, an excellent opportunity to learn about healthy options from healthcare providers within our community," states Chief Medical Officer Andrew Schwartz, MD. "An individual's health is a priority and results from the blood profile and free screenings offered may help people decide if they need to seek further care."

Numerous physician practices associated with Grand Strand Health will participate in the health fair including primary care, neurosurgery, heart care, podiatry and surgery. Grand Strand Health will have representatives discussing living wills, general hospital information, breast care, critical care, nutrition, stroke, trauma, wound care and more.

For individuals wishing to fill out the blood profile registration forms early, forms will be available beginning January 29 at HealthFinders located inside Coastal Grand Mall. Pre-registration is not required nor are appointments available for the blood draw. For more information, please call 843.692.4444.