Most young people take their good health for granted. Often with age, the aches and pains of years of wear and tear take their toll on our bodies. Which is why it is so important to focus on ways to extend good health into the second half century of our lives. The Outer Banks Hospital, in its mission to promote good health, is hosting a health fair for all ages at the Cape Hatteras Secondary School on Saturday, October 18th, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Participants can sign up for free screenings including blood pressure, glucose, and cholesterol as well as discuss risks for heart attack and stroke with clinicians from the hospital’s Cardiology Unit and the Outer Banks Heart Center. The hospital’s Cancer Resource Center coordinator will provide information about programs and services to assist cancer patients and their families. Other cancer representatives will also be present including the American Cancer Society, the UNC Patient Navigator and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Skin cancer screenings will be offered by Coastal Surgery & Endoscopy.

“We’ve invited our community partners to participate which will offer attendees a great opportunity to find out where they stand health wise,” said Van Smith, hospital president. “Additionally, I’m exceptionally pleased that our newest pediatrician, Dr. Georgia Hennessy of HealthEast Family Care in Nags Head, will be joining us,” said Smith.

Others attending the health fair include: Britthaven, the Community Care Clinic of Dare, Dare CASA, the Dare County Department of Health including the Healthy Carolinians of the Outer Banks, Outreach Services, Substance Abuse, School Nurses, Touch No Tobacco, and Dare Home Health and Hospice, Dare County Older Adult Services, HealthEast Family Care of Avon and Hatteras, Spa Koru, Visiting Angels and Yellow House Ministry. In addition, the Department of Health will set up a display of its new Hatteras Island Building.

“We want people to know what’s available to them in their own back yard when it comes to inpatient care, outpatient procedures and advanced diagnostics,” said Smith. “It’s no longer necessary to follow old patterns and travel long distances for healthcare. In addition to the hospital, there are many other healthcare professionals and organizations in our community that can help us all to enjoy a higher quality of life right here on the Outer Banks.”