Free community health screenings in Cedar City, St. George

Intermountain Dixie Regional Medical Center and Intermountain Cedar City Hospital are joining forces with multiple community agencies to offer free health screenings for prediabetes, high blood pressure and depression, date not specified | Photo courtesy of Intermountain Healthcare, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — Intermountain Dixie Regional Medical Center and Intermountain Cedar City Hospital are joining forces with multiple community agencies to offer free health screenings for prediabetes, high blood pressure and depression.

The screenings will be held Sept. 16 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Washington City Walmart on Telegraph Street, and Sept. 23 from noon to 3 p.m. at Cedar City Walmart in Providence Center.

Participants will receive a free watermelon for completing all three screenings. In addition, there will be important information about prescription safety, referrals to free community resources and naloxone kits, which can reverse the effects for an opioid overdose.

The screenings are designed with prevention in mind.

“The intent is to help people identify potential health risks and take steps to improve their health,” said Amber Rich, Community Health Manager at Intermountain Dixie Regional. “If someone screens positive or has health concerns, we don’t want them to walk away without support. We have wonderful community partners we’ve been working alongside to ensure that everyone leaves armed with helpful information, contacts and access to free community classes that can help them navigate the road to improved health.”

The screenings are the result of an in-depth community health needs assessment conducted by Intermountain Dixie Regional and the Southwest Utah Public Health Department, which identified prediabetes, high blood pressure, depression and prescription opioid misuse as the health priorities for Southern Utah. The health needs assessment called on input from key community leaders as well as health data analytics.

For questions about the free community health screening or the community health needs assessment, please contact Amber Rich at 435-251-2117.

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