Matt Lasley | GC News-Gazette Dr. Kenneth Green, left, visits with Twin Lakes Medical Stabilization Program Director Jessica Embry at her booth during Saturday's Community Health Check.

Matt Lasley | GC News-Gazette

Dr. Kenneth Green, left, visits with Twin Lakes Medical Stabilization Program Director Jessica Embry at her booth during Saturday's Community Health Check.

Twin Lakes Regional Medical Center's free Community Health Check was well attended last Saturday, with more than 175 people visiting the local hospital between 8 a.m. and noon to receive information about how to improve their health.

The event, which saw 36 health, wellness and first responder organizations set up booths in the hospital lobby, gave community members the opportunity to learn about a wide range of topics such as counteracting cardiac arrest, maintaining a healthy diet, combating addiction, becoming physically fit and treating chronic pain.

TLRMC Director of Planning and Marketing Bill Oldham said the event was coordinated so that those interested in their health could interact with medical professionals of all health and wellness areas under one roof, ask questions and ensure they were in good health.

In that vein, during the event hospital staff offered flu shots; lipid profiles, which are blood tests that measure the amount of cholesterol and fats in the blood; carotid artery scans; and A1C tests, which measure the glucose in the patient's blood. Oldham said that around 75 tests were performed on attendees during the event.

Resident Connie Kintner said she appreciated the event and the volunteers who participated in it because it encouraged people to make an effort to get out and become better informed about their health and well-being.

Not only was the event educational for attendees, it also served as a learning experience for some volunteers.

Elizabethtown Community and Technical College nursing students were given the chance to perform tests on attendees, such as checking blood pressure. One such student, Gabrielle Thornton, said she appreciated the opportunity to gain more experience in interacting with the community, as well.

The hospital looks to hold another health fair in February of next year.