Discounted cholesterol screening offered at West Intergenerational Center July 23

       The West Intergenerational Center will introduce a new health offering Wednesday, July 23, when the Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) provides cholesterol screenings from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.
       Normally, a screening costs $30, but because of a West Center grant, the only charge for the VNA check will be a $10 donation, according to E.D. Rucker, director of the West Center.
       Participants will also be given a continental breakfast afterward (because of the need to fast 12 hours beforehand).
       High blood cholesterol is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States, according to the VNA.
       Appointments should be made in advance by calling Shari Mathews, the VNA's community wellness manager, at 329-6505 or e-mailing her at Those ages 50 and older are especially encouraged to have a screening.
       According to Mathews, a blood sample from a finger stick will provide total blood cholesterol, HDL (good cholesterol), LDL (bad cholesterol), cardiac ratio, triglycerides and blood glucose (blood sugar) results. Participants will also have their blood pressure checked and body mass index calculated.
       “Other risk factors such as diet, exercise, age, sex and family history of heart disease will be discussed during your one-on-one session with the registered nurse,” Mathews said, adding that “'lifestyle changes will be reviewed and recommendations for follow-up given as needed.”
       Rucker said he was pleased to “partner” with the VNA, which recently also took over West's toenail trimming class for seniors.
       The West Center phone is 385-7920.

Westside Pioneer/press release