The U.S. Pinoys for Good Governance Marianas Chapter and Marianas Eye Institute will hold a free three-hour health screening on Saturday, Sept. 21, from 8am to 11am at the Filcom Pavilion near the Sabalu Market in Susupe.
The health screening is in observance of the 12th anniversary of the Sept. 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance and an effort to increase awareness on maintaining good health and to promote education on disease prevention.
Registration starts from 7:30am and will be continuing until 10am. People who would like to avail of the blood sugar tests are advised to refrain from eating and drinking liquids 12 hours prior to the actual testing.
This is the third free health screening in the last nine months that USP4GG will be hosting. It had a health screening on Dec. 22, 2012, as a Christmas gift to the CNMI community and in Jan. 19, 2013, during the National Day of Service for the Martin Luther King Day and the inauguration of President Obama.
Screening several key vital metrics include blood pressure, blood sugar, weight, height, body mass index, and vision. There will be also free counseling to be provided by the Upper Room International Ministries headed by pastor Danny Ibanez.
“Free health screenings help members of our community take charge of their health. Providing such free services not only signifies volunteerism but is also a gesture of compassion, care and concern for other people and the community,” said Dr. Celia Lamkin, chairperson of USP4GG Marianas Chapter and a volunteer of Corporation for National and Community Service, the federal agency that leads the annual event for the September 11th National Day of Service.
When Lamkin asked for the Marianas Eye Institute ’s support and help for this health screening, Marianas Eye Institute’s CEO Russ Quinn said, "We are always happy to help."
In his email to Lamkin, Dr. David Khorram, co-founder and director of Marianas Eye Institute, said, "Best wishes on the success of another excellent event."
Parents are encouraged to bring their children for free vision screening.
Brochures and information on disease prevention such as hypertension, high cholesterol, diabetes, stroke, coronary heart disease, signs and symptoms of heart attack, among others, will be distributed at the health screening site for free. Fact sheets about peripheral arterial disease, asthma, high blood pressure in children, guides to a healthy heart, healthy weight, healthy sleep, living well with heart disease, lowering blood pressure and cholesterol, among others, will also be distributed.
Organizers will also give materials for teachers such as teacher’s guide on cardiovascular disease prevention, for parents and healthcare providers such as Pocket Guide to Blood Pressure Measurement in Children and many more, on a first-come, first-serve basis.
"I encourage more people to volunteer, be involved, donate time and efforts and provide community services not only in special events or occasions, but throughout the year as the need arises," said Lamkin.
The AmeriCorps volunteers, nursing students at the Northern Marianas College, and private individuals will be helping out at this event.
The public is invited to participate regardless of ethnicity, citizenship, religion and nationality.
The U.S. Pinoys for Good Governance is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization based in New York.